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    #1

    "why" can be subject?

    I konw "Why is it so expensive" is correct

    but "why is so expensive" is OK?

    likes "what is your dream"

    I don't konw it can be possible.

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    #2

    Re: "why" can be subject?

    Quote Originally Posted by chingchangchong View Post
    I know "Why is it so expensive" is correct. It isn't. There should be a question mark after 'expensive'.

    But "Why is so expensive?" is OK? It isn't. It's wrong.

    Like "What is your dream?"

    I don't know if it can be possible.
    It is not possible. It's a different construction altogether.
    Last edited by BobK; 23-Dec-2014 at 14:07. Reason: Trivial typo fixed ;-)

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    #3

    Re: "why" can be subject?

    The last sentence sounds very odd. One would normally meet 'I don't know if it's possible' or '...if it could be possible' - depending on the meaning.

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    Re: "why" can be subject?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, CCC:

    No, the adverb "why" is not the subject.

    In questions, the first word is not necessarily the subject.

    When you parse (analyze) a question, it is necessary to mentally put it in regular order (subject + verb):

    "It [subject] is [verb] so expensive."

    Add the adverb at the end: "It is so expensive why."

    Then put it in question form with the question mark: Why is it so expensive?

    *****

    Part of learning English is the cultural aspect. Do you mind if I respectfully suggest that you might think about changing your member name? Here in the United States, some people might be offended by those three "c" words that you have chosen.

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