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    #1

    Is this question asking to compare?

    Dear English Teacher,

    I am not sure if this question sentence is asking me to compare between two.

    "What is more costly waiting inline for concert tickets or waiting and paying scalpers prices?

    To me, it seems asking me to compare which is more expensive to wait for ticket or to buy more expensive ticket. But it says "What" instead of "Which", and "or" instead of "and" in between. Is this sentence contains two different questions and asks me to choose one and answer?

    I very much appreciate if anyone can help me quickly.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Is this question asking to compare?

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    Allow me to rephrase the question:
    "Which is more costly, waiting in line for tickets or purchasing them from scalpers?"

    It's one question with two choices presented as the possible answer.

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    #3

    Re: Is this question asking to compare?

    Vic's sentence is much better for several reasons. It correctly uses "which", it adds punctuation that makes the sentence more readable (a colon would also work), and it removes "waiting and" from the second choice.

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    Re: Is this question asking to compare?

    Thank you so much, SlickVic9000!
    So it was a question to choose one of them... I posted my discussion online, and my teacher asked me back with this sentence. It was so confusing and I couldn't ask him back about English question what he meant. I am confident now and would like to reply him the answer.

    With my gratitude,

    Mametatta

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    Re: Is this question asking to compare?

    Thank you MikeNewYork!
    SlickVic9000 simplified the question by rephrasing it, and now I can understand. It was also making me confused that the second choice had "waiting and" since if you are buying ticket from scalpers, I thought the advantage of buying ticket from them is time-saving aspect. I wouldn't buy ticket at scalpers price if I have to wait...

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