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    Dear teachers,

    I found it difficult to interpret the meaning of 'there is no question of'.
    I'll show my confusion by the following examples:

    1. There is no qustion of his dismissing you at the moment.
    The sentence could be explained as 'It's impossible that he will dismiss you'. Is it possible to interpret it as 'Without any doubt he will dismiss you at the moment'? If it can't it's because there is 'at the moment'. Is that right?

    2. There is no question that they are active in class.
    Does it mean 'they are active' or 'without doubt they are not active'?

    3. The same question with the third sentence:
    There is no question that he'll come back after studying in Australia.

    Could you please kindly clarify the meanings of the sentences?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear teachers,

    I found it difficult to interpret the meaning of 'there is no question of'.
    I'll show my confusion by the following examples:

    1. There is no qustion of his dismissing you at the moment.
    The sentence could be explained as 'It's impossible that he will dismiss you'. Is it possible to interpret it as 'Without any doubt he will dismiss you at the moment'? If it can't it's because there is 'at the moment'. Is that right?

    2. There is no question that they are active in class.
    Does it mean 'they are active' or 'without doubt they are not active'?

    3. The same question with the third sentence:
    There is no question that he'll come back after studying in Australia.

    Could you please kindly clarify the meanings of the sentences?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    1. There is no question of his dismissing you at the moment.

    The sentence could be explained as 'It's impossible that he will dismiss you'. Is it possible to interpret it as 'Without any doubt he will dismiss you at the moment'? If it can't it's because there is 'at the moment'. Is that right?
    It's an absolute. That is, there's no need to question X (i.e., think about X, wonder about X, ask about X, enquire about X) because X has/did/is going to/will happen.

    2. There is no question that they are active in class.

    Does it mean 'they are active' or 'without doubt they are not active'?
    They are active. That is, there is no need to question it. It is what it is.

    3. There is no question that he'll come back after studying in Australia.
    He will come back. There's no need to question it. He will be returning.

    All the best, :D

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    :) & :?
    Dear Casiopea,

    I asked the question because I read it in a book that 'there is no question ( of sth. happening/sb.doing sth.) means 'there is no possibility'. In that case, the meanings of the sentences are just opposite of what you explain and what I think are correct but not sure of. Could you please explain what's wrong with my understanding?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    1. There is no question of his dismissing you at the moment.

    The sentence could be explained as 'It's impossible that he will dismiss you'. Is it possible to interpret it as 'Without any doubt he will dismiss you at the moment'? If it can't it's because there is 'at the moment'. Is that right?
    It's an absolute. That is, there's no need to question X (i.e., think about X, wonder about X, ask about X, enquire about X) because X has/did/is going to/will happen.

    2. There is no question that they are active in class.

    Does it mean 'they are active' or 'without doubt they are not active'?
    They are active. That is, there is no need to question it. It is what it is.

    3. There is no question that he'll come back after studying in Australia.
    He will come back. There's no need to question it. He will be returning.

    All the best, :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    :) & :?
    Your use of the emoticons is great! I love it. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    I asked the question because I read it in a book that 'there is no question ( of sth. happening/sb.doing sth.) means 'there is no possibility'. In that case, the meanings of the sentences are just opposite of what you explain and what I think are correct but not sure of. Could you please explain what's wrong with my understanding?
    I'd need to see the exact definition before I'd feel comfortable answering. Sorry.

    Maybe it means, 'there is no possibility (of any other outcome).

    All the best, :D

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    I see.

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    :) & :?
    Your use of the emoticons is great! I love it. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    I asked the question because I read it in a book that 'there is no question ( of sth. happening/sb.doing sth.) means 'there is no possibility'. In that case, the meanings of the sentences are just opposite of what you explain and what I think are correct but not sure of. Could you please explain what's wrong with my understanding?
    I'd need to see the exact definition before I'd feel comfortable answering. Sorry.

    Maybe it means, 'there is no possibility (of any other outcome).

    All the best, :D

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    Default Re: grammar

    OK.

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    Dear Casiopea,

    I meant I would wait for your further explanation. But I wouldn't push you.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    I meant I would wait for your further explanation. But I wouldn't push you.
    But... I'm waiting for you, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I'd need to see the exact definition before I'd feel comfortable answering.

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