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    AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    "What is doing these days?" demanded Nightspore disdainfully, without altering his attitude."Surtur has gone, and we are to follow him."
    TAKEN FROM: A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS
    Is there a problem in this sentence? The grammar doesn't make sense. What is doing? Where is the subject? But this is the original sentence in the novel.
    I'll be happy if anyone can explain this to me
    Thank you in advance
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    #2

    Re: AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    I agree, 'what is doing these days' isn't grammatical and doesn't make sense.

    Maybe this Nightspore character isn't a native speaker, and the dialogue is intended to reflect that? I'm not familiar with the story.

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    #3

    Re: AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    ckok, please note that a better title would have been What is doing these days?

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    My guess is "what is doing" means "what is happening" or "what is going on".

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    Re: AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    "What's doing?" isn't unheard of here. I'd use the contraction, as in "What's up?" - which also doesn't make sense unless it's looked at idiomatically.

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    #6

    Re: AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    'what is doing these days' isn't grammatical
    Would it be grammatical if 'your' was added before 'doing'?

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    #7

    Re: AWKWARD GRAMMAR

    No, that would not help.

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