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    What to do

    Have just stumbled over the following question in an English test:

    Which of these is/are possible:


    1. What should we do if there’s a fire?
    2. What to do if there’s a fire?
    3. [Company Notice] What to do if fire breaks out?


    According to the keys, A and C are possible. Question: what is wrong with B?

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    Re: What to do

    Quote Originally Posted by shatilof View Post
    I have just stumbled over the following question in an English test:

    Which of these is/are possible:


    1. What should we do if there’s a fire?
    2. What to do if there’s a fire?
    3. [Company Notice] What to do if fire breaks out?


    According to the keys, 1 and 3 are possible. Question: what is wrong with 2?
    We do not construct a question using "What to do ...". I disagree with the key that 3 is correct. It would be fine without the question mark. A company notice should say "What to do if fire breaks out", followed by a list of instructions.

    The question construction follows the pattern in Sentence 1 - "What should we do if ...?" or "What do we do if ...?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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