Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    crazYgeeK is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    468

    Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this ?

    Hi, I can understand what this sentence means, but I don't know which tense is used in this case.
    Can I replace "Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this?"
    by "Why did you waste 3 dollars to buy this?" or anything else ?
    Please let me know the differences between them. Thank you very much !

  2. #2
    emsr2d2's Avatar
    emsr2d2 is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Posts
    61,353

    Re: Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this ?

    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Hi, I can understand what this sentence means, but I don't know which tense is used in this case.
    Can I replace "Why would you waste 3 dollars to buy this?"
    by "Why did you waste 3 dollars to buy this?" or anything else ?
    Please let me know the differences between them. Thank you very much !
    "Why did you..." means that the person you are speaking to already bought the thing for $3.

    However, although you can ask "Why would you..." to a person who has already bought it, you could also ask it as a general, almost rhetorical, question. If you ask it that way, the "you" replaces "anyone".

    You might see an advert for something completely useless or bizarre, which is priced at $3 and you may think or say, incredulously "Why would you (anyone) waste $3 on that?"

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •