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    Question is "is" wrong?

    Hello,
    I have a little doubt regarding usage of "is"
    when we use to ask a question, lets say I call my friend and ask,

    1) Is you Brother is at home?
    2) Is your Brother at home?

    Is anything wrong in the first sentence? If yes, then WHY?

    Regards.

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Your second sentence is quite correct, except that "brother" does not need a capital B. The first sentence is wrong because (1) "you" should be "your" (2) "brother" does not need a capital B and (3) the word "is" has been repeated unnecessarily.

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by ianhood View Post
    Your second sentence is quite correct, except that "brother" does not need a capital B. The first sentence is wrong because (1) "you" should be "your" (2) "brother" does not need a capital B and (3) the word "is" has been repeated unnecessarily.
    Thank you, ianhood.
    Though my question was only about that unnecessary use of "is", but why should'nt we write brother with cap. "B"? isn't a noun?
    And would repetation be the only reason, that makes the sentece incorrect? Waiting........................

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Thank you, ianhood.
    Though my question was only about that unnecessary use of "is", but why shouldn't we write brother with cap. "B"? Isn't it a noun?
    And would repetition be the only reason that makes the sentence is incorrect? Waiting........................
    The word "brother" is a noun, but it's a common noun, not a proper noun. We don't capitalise common nouns. You would only capitalise "Brother" if it was the person's title (ie he is a Brother in a religious order).

    As you were told, there were 3 errors in Sentence 1: you should be your, brother needs no capital and the word "is" was repeated.

    The correct sentence is:

    Is your brother at home?

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhagona View Post
    Hello,
    I have a little doubt regarding usage of "is"
    when we use to ask a question, lets say I call my friend and ask,

    1) Is you Brother is at home?
    2) Is your Brother at home?

    Is anything wrong in the first sentence? If yes, then WHY?

    Regards.
    I am not a teacher nor a native English speaker.

    Both of them are not good to me, it's better to write

    1) Is "you Brother is home" right/true/correct? (well this one is grammatical but not a good sentence to use in conversations)
    2) Is your Brother home?

    In daily conversations I would promptly ask:

    Your brother is home, no?
    Or Your brother is home, isn't he?
    JMHO.
    Last edited by hanky; 08-Jun-2010 at 15:33.

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Hi Hanky,
    You could say "Your brother is home, isn't he?" to confirm your belief that he is.

    A: I hate being home alone.
    B: Alone? Your brother is home, isn't he?
    A: Yes, but he's in his room listening to his music and it's the same as being alone.

    If you were simply calling on the phone, "Hi Maria. It's John. Is your brother home?"
    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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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
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    In daily conversations I would promptly ask:

    Your bother is home, no?
    ...
    When teaching languages (well, most European ones anyway) it's common for teachers to start with this form ([indicative] + , + [negative particle], with rising intonation) to avoid changes in word order (etc - object pronouns are often an issue). But it's not the first choice - as Barb said - in everyday speech in English (in fact I can remember it being used in theatre/film/TV as an indicator of 'foreignness').

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    Last edited by BobK; 08-Jun-2010 at 15:14. Reason: added last parenthesis

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    When teaching languages (well, most European ones anyway) it's common for teachers to start with this form ([indicative] + , + [negative particle], with rising intonation) to avoid changes in word order (etc - object pronouns are often an issue). But it's not the first choice - as Barb said - in everyday speech in English.

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    Yes, I know. But this is the first thing comes out when I speak. Another question that I usually make is indirect one, e.g., I wonder if your brother is home or not? Does this sound awkward? I rarely ask "Is your brother home?"
    Last edited by hanky; 08-Jun-2010 at 15:31. Reason: fixed spelling error

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Yes, I know. But this is the first thing comes out when I speak. Another question that I usually make is indirect one, e.g., I wonder if your bother is home or not? Does this sound awkward? I rarely ask "Is your bother home?"
    It's regularly the first thing that comes out if it's a direct translation of one's native language!

    So, if you knocked on the door of your friend's house and his sister answered the door, would you actually say "I wonder if your brother is home or not"? That isn't even a question, it's simply a statement! It also takes a lot more words than you actually need if what you want to know is "Is your brother home?"

    Note - spelling of brother. You have typed "bother" in the last couple of posts.

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    Re: is "is" wrong?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Yes, I know. But this is the first thing comes out when I speak. Another question that I usually make is indirect one, e.g., I wonder if your brother is home or not? Does this sound awkward? I rarely ask "Is your brother home?"
    'I wonder if...' is fine - doesn't sound at all awkward.

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