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  1. martinaposp

    Question Questions unusual Word Order


    I would like to ask about WORD ORDER in questions. Is there a possibility I could make this sentence:

    There are no books on the table?

    I know it does not follow the general rules of Word Order in questions. Just I imagined a situation, where the person is used to have the books on the table and he is wondering why they are not there.

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    Re: Questions unusual Word Order

    Yes, in speech we do that all the time.

    A: Could you get the books I left on the table.
    B: Uh... there aren't any books on the table.
    A: There aren't any books on the table? That's odd - I was sure I'd put them... oh, never mind. I left them in my backpack.

    ("There aren't any books?" is more common than "There are no books?" in my experience.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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