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    Hello,

    Which of this sentence is correct and why?

    When did you go last to the cinema?
    When did you last go to the cinema?
    When did you go to the cinema last?

    I don't understand this :(

    By the way. I have yet another question about "When" and "What time".

    Is it correct, that I have to use "when" if I ask about a time frame, and "What time" if I ask about the point of time? :?

    Kind regards,
    Dany

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    Re: question tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello,

    Which of this sentence is correct and why?

    When did you go last to the cinema?
    When did you last go to the cinema?
    When did you go to the cinema last?

    I don't understand this :(

    By the way. I have yet another question about "When" and "What time".

    Is it correct, that I have to use "when" if I ask about a time frame, and "What time" if I ask about the point of time? :?

    Kind regards,
    Dany
    1. When did you go last to the cinema?
    2. When did you last go to the cinema?
    3. When did you go to the cinema last?

    The third sentence is the most common and usual. The second sentence sounds fairly common and usual too. The first sentence is the least common, but it is still correct. The position of an adverb can be changed for emphasis. Sometimes adverb placement can be very flexible. Other times adverb placement is very restrictive. It depends on the adverb and sometimes the sentence. Adverb placement in spoken language appears to be more flexible than in written language. Speakers take more liberties with it than writers. Spoken words are not always as well packaged and neat as writtten words. And that's okay. :) 8)


    As for the second part of your post, could you give a couple examples? It would be easier to reply in that way.

    Thanks,

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    Re: question tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Hello,

    Which of these sentences is correct and why?

    1. When did you go last to the cinema? :(
    2. When did you last go to the cinema? :D
    3. When did you go to the cinema last? :D
    'last' modifies the entire verb phrase 'go to the cinema'. 'to the cinema' functions as the object of the verb 'go'. Together, 'go' and 'to the cinema' form the verb phrase proper.

    Note that, Words that modify verbs are called adverbs. 'last' is an adverb. The term adverb means, add to the meaning of a verb, so since 'last' is supposed to add to the meaning of the verb, it should go next to the verb, the whole verb phrase, either at the beginning or the end, but never in the middle. :D

    Beginning: last go to the cinema (OK) :D
    End: go to the cinema last (OK) :D
    Middle: go last to the cinema (Not OK) :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    By the way. I have yet another question about "When" and "What time".

    Is it correct, that I have to use "when" if I ask about a time frame, and "What time" if I ask about the point of time? :?

    Kind regards,
    Dany
    Yes, but it's also possible to use "When" to ask about a point in time:

    Pat: When are we leaving?
    Sam: We are leaving at 5:00/on Monday/today.

    All the best, :D

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    Oops. Sorry. I didn't see you there.

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    'last' modifies the entire verb phrase 'go to the cinema'. 'to the cinema' functions as the object of the verb 'go'. Together, 'go' and 'to the cinema' form the verb phrase proper.

    Note that, Words that modify verbs are called adverbs. 'last' is an adverb. The term adverb means, add to the meaning of a verb, so since 'last' is supposed to add to the meaning of the verb, it should go next to the verb, the whole verb phrase, either at the beginning or the end, but never in the middle. :D

    Beginning: last go to the cinema (OK) :D
    End: go to the cinema last (OK) :D
    Middle: go last to the cinema (Not OK) :(
    Thank you for your corrections and help. Now I understand this :D


    Yes, but it's also possible to use "When" to ask about a point in time:

    Pat: When are we leaving?
    Sam: We are leaving at 5:00/on Monday/today.

    All the best, :D
    Example:

    Pat: When you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11.00.

    Pat: What time you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11.00.

    Kind regards,
    Dany


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    Pat: When you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11.00.

    Pat: What time you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11.00.

    Both need an axiliary verb 'did' before the subject. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Pat: When you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11.00.

    Pat: What time you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11.00.

    Both need an axiliary verb 'did' before the subject. :)
    Oooooooops
    Thanks :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Oops. Sorry. I didn't see you there.

    No problem.

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Thank you for your corrections and help. Now I understand this :D
    You're welcome. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Example:

    Pat: When did you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11:00.

    Pat: What time did you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11:00.
    Both are correct.

    All the best, :D

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    Re: question tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Thank you for your corrections and help. Now I understand this :D
    You're welcome. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany
    Example:

    Pat: When did you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11:00.

    Pat: What time did you get home last night? (=correct?)
    Sam: About 11:00.
    Both are correct.

    All the best, :D
    Thank you :D

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