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are below two sentences same?
1. If you have any query, please contact me.
2. should you have any query, please contact me.
Last edited by Raymott; 13-Jan-2011 at 17:15.
Query is a word seldom heard in AmE. Question is far more common.
That's true -- in the U.S., queries are much more commonly associated with the IT field (run a query) than with simply asking a question.
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.
I believe what you wrote - I've heard it myself, but the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) gives 132,844 citations for 'question', 1,187 for query and, for 'run a query'? None. The [bnc] BNC Simple Search - Using the BNC is equally free of 'run a query' citations.
This goes to confirm, I feel, that present corpora are, as yet, too dependent on the written word.