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    Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    Hello, I would like to ask two questions,

    1)Why in this sentence : (Stop doing that) we use that? how to know if we need to use that or to use this, like: Stop doing this!
    What is the role here?


    2)I saw somewhere the sentence: "You got mail" why its not "you got a mail" - because mail is a noun, no?

    Thanks

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Hello, I would like to ask two questions.

    1) Why, in this the sentence "Stop doing that", do we use "that"? How to can I know if we I need to use "that" or to use " this", like "Stop doing this!"?
    What is the role here?


    2) Somewhere, I saw somewhere the sentence "You got mail". Why its is it not "You got a mail"? because Mail is a noun, no isn't it?

    Thanks.
    Please note my corrections to your post above, in red.

    1. "Stop doing that" is a standard phrase. It means "Stop doing the thing that you are doing". If someone said to me "Stop doing this", I would expect them to demonstrate the action they want me to stop.

    2. "Mail" is a noun but it is generally accepted, in this phrase, to mean "an email" or "some emails". It is a collective noun. It does not need to take the article. "You got" is the equivalent simple past of "You received". Grammatically, it should be "You have got mail".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    Thank you, another question:
    Regard to what you wrote to me,


    2) Somewhere, I saw somewhere the sentence "You got mail". Why its is it not "You got a mail"? because Mail is a noun, no isn't it

    How can I know if I need to begin with is before it or to begin with it before is, what is the role?

    **The same question about "can", why not to use: How I can know,

    In Hebrew the sentence is O.K
    Feel free to correct me,
    Thank you.
    Last edited by captain1; 21-Feb-2015 at 23:46.

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    We use "is it" to begin a question; we use "it is" to begin a declarative sentence.

    It is the same with "can". "Can I" is used in questions; "I can" is used in declarative sentences.

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    And what about another sentences? if I want to distinguish between a declarative sentence and a sentence of question, what should I do?

    E.X:
    If I just landed in a foreign country and I want to know if my clock was synchronized to the country.

    I stopped someone and asked : Excuse me, this is the time?(pointed over my cell-phone)
    What should I ask: This is the time or is this the time? (In short, when do I need to change the sentence in order to create a sentence of question)


    Thanks

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    I don't understand. Why would you not ask the person what time it is?

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't understand. Why would you not ask the person what time it is?
    I pointed to my phone(there is a clock there) and asked someone if that's was the time(as the clock of the country)

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    Please

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    I am not a teacher.

    The proper form for a question would be, 'Is this the (correct) time?'

    You could say, 'Excuse me, this is the time?' with an ascending interrogative tone of voice and be understood, but it isn't the way we form questions.

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    Re: Two questions: 1) Stop doing that 2) About nouns and present simple

    Thank you very much,

    So in every sentence, do I need to change the order? if I want to do it Grammatically correct

    Thank you

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