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    Question and Answer pattern

    Question and Answer pattern

    This question may look very basic but I would like to know how English natives would actually say.

    (In a manner like a parent asks a little kid)
    A: What is by the window?
    B: (___________)


    1, A racket is.
    2, There is a racket.
    3, others


    As a basic pattern practice, 2 is usually taught, but I still wonder if it sounds natural.

    (a) A racket is by the window.
    (b) There is a racket by the window.

    I guess (b) surely sounds more natural than (a) here.

    To the answer A, it is natural to answer 1? or what is the best answer pattern here?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Question and Answer pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    Question and Answer pattern

    This question may look very basic but I would like to know how English natives would actually say.

    (In a manner like a parent asks a little kid)
    A: What is by the window?
    B: (___________)


    1, A racket is.
    2, There is a racket.
    3, others


    As a basic pattern practice, 2 is usually taught, but I still wonder if it sounds natural.

    (a) A racket is by the window.
    (b) There is a racket by the window.

    I guess (b) surely sounds more natural than (a) here.

    To the answer A, it is natural to answer 1? or what is the best answer pattern here?

    Thank you in advance.
    I suppose you mean a tennis racquet. The natural answer to "What is by the window?" is "A racquet" (if that's what is there).

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    Re: Question and Answer pattern

    Thanks. When I checked a dictionary for the spelling "racquet", it says "See racket".
    So, "A racket/racquet" only sounds better than with 'is'?
    How does "A racket is." sound? or how about "There is a racket (there)."?

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    Re: Question and Answer pattern

    I can't imagine an American child spontaneously saying "A racket is." (Spelling is unimportant here, since we're talking about spoken language."

    I'd assume the parent asked because he or she couldn't see it clearly. Or saw something unfamilar.
    That's my tennis racket.
    That's my science project.
    Looks like maybe the cat threw up.

    Well, there's a tennis racket, a book, and ... oh, looks like the cat threw up. You probably meant that. I'll clean it up.*

    * This last part is mostly parently fantasy, but I can still dream.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I can't imagine an American child spontaneously saying "A racket is." (Spelling is unimportant here, since we're talking about spoken language."
    I would say the same about BrE.

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    Re: Question and Answer pattern

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    So, "A racket/racquet" only sounds better than with 'is'?
    Much

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    How does "A racket is." sound?
    Awful

    Quote Originally Posted by KEN JPN View Post
    how about "There is a racket (there)."?
    Fine


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    Re: Question and Answer pattern

    Thank you as always. Very interesting.
    I can learn actual English from your examples. It is very interesting to know the difference from the school-grammar pattern practice and actual daily conversation expressions.

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    Thanks. I guess you are demonstrating how one word response is actually used and sounds natural.

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    Thanks. I guess you are demonstrating how one word response is actually used and sounds natural.
    Maybe

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