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    I have two problem and I hope that somebody can solve them.

    1) using a/an before occupations
    We use articles a/an in senteces:
    She works as a teachers
    I am a doctor
    But I have found some sentences where a/an is not used as in
    I am applying for the post of secretary
    She is applying for the position of team leader
    can you tell me why there is no article before secretary and team leader?

    2) If you have a question
    How many people arrived? or How many students have showed up ?\
    you do not make questions using auxiliary verb ( did). If this the same type question as Who you saw?, it means that the subject in the question is missing and you will find in in an answer.
    And what is"people" then in how many people. Is it just a part of question word ?
    thanks for help

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    Quote Originally Posted by dzemulienka View Post
    I have two problem and I hope that somebody can solve them.

    1) using a/an before occupations
    We use articles a/an in senteces:
    She works as a teachers
    I am a doctor
    But I have found some sentences where a/an is not used as in
    I am applying for the post of secretary
    She is applying for the position of team leader
    can you tell me why there is no article before secretary and team leader?

    2) If you have a question
    How many people arrived? or How many students have showed up ?\
    you do not make questions using auxiliary verb ( did). If this the same type question as Who you saw?, it means that the subject in the question is missing and you will find in in an answer.
    And what is"people" then in how many people. Is it just a part of question word ?
    thanks for help
    For your information the is also an article. To learn the complete use of articles go to the following link.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/article.html
    Secondly, what, which, how many and mow much also become subjects of the sentence. In this case we don't use an auxiliary verb like other positive sentence. The only difference between these two are with other subjects a sentence is positive having the positive sense or meaning but with what, which, how many and mow much the sentence is still positive but has an interrogative sense or meaning and therefore has a question mark at the end.
    E.g. How many people arrived? = Ten people arrived. (No auxiliary verb needed)
    What makes you laugh? = Ali makes you laugh. (No auxiliary verb needed)
    Hope this helps.
    Regards!
    Last edited by Dawood Usmani; 16-Nov-2007 at 04:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    For your information the is also an article. To learn the complete use of articles go to the following link.
    http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/article.html
    Secondly, what, which, how many and mow much also become subjects of the sentence. In this case we don't use an auxialary verb like other positive sentence. The only difference between these two are with other subjects a sentence is positive having the positive sense or meaning but with what, which, how many and mow much the sentence is still positive but has an interrogative sense or meaning and therefore has a question mark at the end.
    E.g. How many people arrived? = Ten people arrived. (No auxialary verb needed)
    What makes you laugh? = Ali makes you laugh. (No auxialary verb needed)

    Hope this helps.
    Regards.
    Hi dawoodusmani. I have a question. Is it not correct to add auxilliary verb to an interrogative sentence. "How many people have arrived". Is this wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_jeans_vb View Post
    Hi dawoodusmani. I have a question. Is it not correct to add auxilliary verb to an interrogative sentence. "How many people have arrived". Is this wrong?
    First look at the question, dear. The question was about Past Simple. The word did was specially written there because the person who asked the question was confused about did, not have or has. Keeping this in mind, I answered to the question because did or do is a kind of auxiliary which must be added to to make an interrogative sentence unlike have or has that they are always used in Present Perfect whether it's a positive sentence, negative sentence or interrogative sentence.We do add have or has as an auxiliary in Present Peferct in all types of sentences because without them Present Perfect can not be constructed.But the sense, as I said earlier, will remain the same. No change in word order will occur which normally does in an interrogative sentence.
    "How many people have arrived?" = Ten people have arrived. ( No change in order)
    Hope this helps.
    Regards!

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