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    Question What the heck was they delay back there?

    This is a sentence that a guy says in a film. (I copied it from subtitle)
    He complains about the trian is delay in that film.

    What the heck was they delay back there?

    Can anyone explain it to me? Is it correct English?

    What does it mean of "back there" in the sentence?
    Can I only say, what the heck was they delay?

    Why he uses "what" instead of "why"? Can I use "why"? What is the difference between what and why in the sentence?

    Thank you so much.

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    Re: What the heck was they delay back there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermonkey View Post
    What the heck was they delay back there?
    There was a mistake in the subtitles. The fifth word should be 'the'.

    What does it mean is the meaning of "back there" in the sentence?
    The place we passed through just now (when we were delayed).

    Can I only say, what the heck was they delay? You can.

    Why he uses does he use "what" instead of "why"? Can I use "why"? No

    What is the difference between what and why in the sentence?
    What was the delay (about)? What caused the delay?
    Why was there a delay? Why were we delayed?
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    Smile Re: What the heck was they delay back there?

    Really thanks for you kind answers and also you corrected my sentences.

    It's really helpful for me.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: What the heck was they delay back there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Supermonkey View Post
    This is a sentence that a guy says in a film. (I copied it from subtitle)
    He complains about the trian is delay in that film.

    What the heck was they delay back there?

    Can anyone explain it to me? Is it correct English?

    What does it mean of "back there" in the sentence?
    Can I only say, what the heck was they delay?

    Why he uses "what" instead of "why"? Can I use "why"? What is the difference between what and why in the sentence?

    Thank you so much.
    He complains about the triantrain is delayed in that film.

    What the heck was they delay back there?

    He/she seems to be referring to a delay at the previous station (back there).

    You could also say, "Why was the train delayed?".

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