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    #1

    Question Say what

    Hi,

    Mary: John, why do you say that?
    John:
    Say what?

    As John said, Say is a verb, what is a question.

    A. What do you say?
    B. You say what?


    In above sentences, A is correct, B is incorrect,

    Thought from the grammar, I think that "Say what" is the same as "B".

    But I also think that "Say what" is correct, in other words, if B is incorrect, then "Say what" is incorrect.

    So, what is problem?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by fenglish; 17-Jan-2010 at 06:56.


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    #2

    Re: Say what

    The only problem is the ungrammaticality of B. The question word comes first in interrogatives and you also need a do-support.

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    #3

    Re: Say what

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    Mary: John, why do you say that?
    John: Say what? John is asking what "that" refers to.

    As John said, Say is a verb, what is a question.

    A. What do you say?
    B. You say what?
    In above sentences, A is correct, B is incorrect, You are right. What B. said is not a helpful response. B. is asking A. the same question that A asked B., but in a different way.

    Though from the grammar, I think that "Say what" is the same as "B". no
    John is asking Mary to clarify what he said.
    B. is asking A. what A would say.


    So, what is the problem?

    Thanks.
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    #4

    Exclamation Re: Say what

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    2006
    I agree. But I think the reply by John can otherwise be interpreted by putting an exclamation (!) instead of a question mark. In that case 'Say shat!' is mainly used as a mildly rude phrase meaning: What are you talking about/referring to?

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