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    #1

    The interrogaive or not

    I'd like to be taught should I use the interrogative or not
    when asking questions like these bellow

    1. A person asked me a question.

    Then I ask him

    Why did you ask me the question?
    Why you asked me the question?

    2. It is obvious that a person did something.

    How did you do that?
    How you did that?

    3. A hole has been dug up.

    By whom this hole has been dug up?
    By whom has this hole been dug up?

    4. A conversation about using some prepositions

    Is there any explanation why they use different prepositions?
    Is there any explanations why do they use different prepositions?

    Thanks
    Last edited by e2e4; 09-Sep-2010 at 21:48.

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    #2

    Re: The interrogaive or not

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    I'd like to be taught should I use the interrogative or not
    when asking questions like these bellow

    1. A person asked me a question.

    Then I ask him

    Why did you ask me the question?
    Why you asked me the question?

    2. It is obvious that a person did something.

    How did you do that?
    How you did that?

    3. A hole has been dug up.

    By whom this hole has been dug up?
    By whom has this hole been dug up? Marginal - see below

    4. A conversation about using some prepositions

    Is there any explanation why they use different prepositions?
    Is there any explanations why do they use different prepositions?

    Thanks
    #3 is very awkward and unlikely to be said by a native speaker. Who dug this hole?

    #4 is an embedded clause and is much harder than a simple question. The simple question is "Why do they use different prepositions?"
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    #3

    Re: The interrogaive or not

    All right, it doesn't mater weather the passive voice is used or not and how.
    That's not my point this time.

    I do not know exactly when to use the interrogative and when not.

    Who dug this hole? or

    Who did dig this hole?

    Who has dug this hole?


    Also

    Why this hole was dug?

    Why was this hole dug?

    Why has this hole been dug?


    I am sorry by reason of these additional questions but the matter is still not clear to me.
    Last edited by e2e4; 09-Sep-2010 at 22:51.

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    #4

    Re: The interrogaive or not

    When you are asking about the subject, you don't need the "to do" form.

    Who cooked dinner? Who broke the vase? Who came with you?

    The others (mostly) need the "to do" form for the past.
    Where did you go?
    What did you see?
    When did you go?
    Why did you stop?

    They need a "to be" form for the present.

    Where are you going?
    What are you doing?
    When is his flight?
    Why are you so happy?

    That will get you thought MOST of your situations.
    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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