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    Three of my English quotes

    Dear teachers and members:


    I would like to know if I am right in these three quotes of mine.


    1) '' You need a subject for a verb; otherwise it may be a question ''.


    2) '' You need an auxiliary for a question; except in the verb to be ''.


    3) '' You need at leat a stressed syllable for a Schwa sound; otherwise there will be no Schwa ''.


    Your comment will be helpful in improving my grammar curiosity.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Quote Originally Posted by The apprentice View Post
    Dear teachers and members:


    I would like to know if I am right in these three quotes of mine.


    1) '' You need a subject for a verb; otherwise it may be a question ''.


    2) '' You need an auxiliary for a question; except in the verb to be ''.


    3) '' You need at leat a stressed syllable for a Schwa sound; otherwise there will be no Schwa ''.


    Your comment will be helpful in improving my grammar curiosity.
    1. Questions need a subject.

    2. Not true. "Who ordered the cheeseburger?

    3. I am not a phonologist, but I think that is true.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    You need to correct the spacing inside your quotation marks. After the opening quotation mark, write the next letter immediately after it. After writing the last letter or punctuation mark of a quote, write the closing quotation mark directly after it. So:

    " Is this right? "
    "Is this right?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Thank you MikeNewYork:


    So my quotes should be this way:

    1) ''You need a subject for a verb; otherwise it may be a question''.


    2) ''You need an auxiliary and a subject, or a wh question word for a question; except in the verb to be''.


    3) ''You need at leat a stressed syllable for a Schwa sound; otherwise there will be no Schwa''.


    As for the second one, I think that the only wh question word you need for making a question is who, the other ones need an auxiliary.



    Last edited by The apprentice; 26-Jan-2014 at 11:36.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Quote Originally Posted by The apprentice View Post
    Thank you MikeNewYork:


    So my quotes should be this way:

    1) ''You need a subject for a verb; otherwise it may be a question''.


    2) ''You need an auxiliary and a subject, or a wh question word for a question; except in the verb to be''.


    3) ''You need at leat a stressed syllable for a Schwa sound; otherwise there will be no Schwa''.


    As for the second one, I think that the only wh question word you need for making a question is who, the other ones need an auxiliary.



    No. Where is the ball? What is the question. Who is the suspect? Why is my sentence wrong? Your "rule" is wrong.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Thank you MikeNewYork:


    Although those sentences you wrote have the verb to be, knowing in which things I am wrong, it helps me a lot in my English learning.

    I found that very good from you, and I appreciate it.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Quote Originally Posted by The apprentice View Post
    ... those sentences you wrote have the verb to be
    Who told you that?
    What caused the problem?
    Which dictionary gives the best definitions?


    When the question word is the subject of the verb, then there is no subject-verb inversion in questions.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Thank you 5jj:


    Your explanation about the wh question word as subject in a question, it is very interesting; I had never seen it in grammar sites and books untill now, though it may be in some of them.

    With this explanation my quote is completed, and from now on I will quoted this way:

    ''You need an auxiliary or a subject question for a question; except whether it is the verb to be or the sentence has a modal verb''.

    Thanks to all of you for your cooperation and help.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 27-Jan-2014 at 00:27.

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

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    So my quotes should be this way:

    1) ''You need a subject for a verb; otherwise it may be a question''.
    Are you thinking about imperatives instead of questions?

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    Re: Three of my English quotes

    Tdol:

    No, because imperative has the implicit subject YOU.


    My Schwa quote it would like this:

    ''You need at least a stressed syllable for a Schwa sound, except in function words''; otherwise there will be no Schwa.

    Thank you.
    Last edited by The apprentice; 30-Jan-2014 at 13:29.

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