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    Post Why do that? and Why like that?

    Teachers,
    I know that the following sentences are grammatically correct:
    (1) Why do you do that? and
    (2) Why is it like that?

    But how about the following sentences?
    (1) Why do that? and
    (2)Why like that?

    Are they grammatically correct?
    I guess they are not... They don't sound grammatical to me.
    What could be the possible reason/s?

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    #2

    Re: Why do that? and Why like that?

    I am not a teacher.

    It would have been simpler to number your sentences 1,2,3 and 4 rather than 1,2,1 and 2.

    Nevertheless, the last two are possible, although they don't mean the same as the first two.

    They could have the following meanings:

    Why do that? = Why would/should I/you/anyone do that?
    Why like that? = Why + verb of your choice + in that way?

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    Re: Why do that? and Why like that?

    Would this mean that the following sentences are complete sentences?
    (1) Why do that? and
    (2)Why like that?

    Are they elliptical sentences?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 16-Nov-2015 at 13:18. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    #4

    Re: Why do that? and Why like that?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    (2)Why like that?


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

    Mona: How do you pronounce the word "dour"?

    Raul then pronounces "dour" one way.

    Mona: Why [did you pronounce it] like that? Why [did you] not [pronounce it] like this? (Mona then pronounces it in another way.)


    NOTE: In the United States, there are two acceptable ways to pronounce "dour." (It means something like "serious/unfriendly/silent." -- Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary (online).
    Last edited by TheParser; 16-Nov-2015 at 14:05.

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    #5

    Re: Why do that? and Why like that?

    Can we use (1) "Why do that?" and
    (2) "Why like that?" in both formal and informal writing?

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    #6

    Re: Why do that? and Why like that?

    No. They are both informal.

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