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    Word order in passive questions

    Can anyone explain why, when using the passive tense to ask a question you sometimes use the construction:

    Question word + to be + subject + past participle

    e.g.When was Coca-Cola invented?

    But sometimes leave to be & past participle together:

    e.g. How much Coca-Cola is sold in a day?

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    Re: Word order in passive questions

    The question in your first sentence is 'When?'; in the second, it is 'How much Coca-Cola?'. Compare that with:

    How much is Coca-Cola sold for in your country?

    In that last sentence, the question is 'How much?' (= at what price?)

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