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    Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    I had earlier discussed about my daughter's Board for 10+2 Education.

    There was a question asked in her English exam : John has recruited 80 students.

    The direction was to frame a question so as to get the underlined as answer.

    Which one would be the correct answer?
    (a) How many students has John recruited?
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    (b) How many students have John recruited?

    Eager to hear from you.
    Regards
    Last edited by bkpsusmitaa; 24-Nov-2015 at 13:17. Reason: minor typos

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    #2

    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    Use "has". The subject is "John" (singular).

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    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

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


    Hello,

    My teachers taught me to change a question back to its regular order (only for analysis, NOT for speaking or writing).

    So we get:

    1. John has recruited how many students?

    2. John have recruited how many students?

    You already know that "John" is the third person and thus requires the "s" form of the verb.

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    You know, my daughter knows the answer very well, but her teacher keeps confusing her. The person crossed the answer and didn't give her marks for it. How asinine the teachers could be! And the school is supposed to be very good, maybe one of the best one. I don't know what sort of nepotism bring such teachers within the recruitment framework.
    Last edited by bkpsusmitaa; 24-Nov-2015 at 14:30. Reason: typos

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    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    Perhaps you could print out this thread and have your daughter show it to the teacher.

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    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    Two speakers of American English have given you the correct answer. I, a speaker of British English confirm this. That should be good enough for your daughter's teacher.

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    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    Yes, absolutely, you have given me more than I have asked for.
    Thank you, Piscean, MikeNewYork, TheParser, thanks to all of you.
    I will do more. This guy has been doing this for some months now. I had complained earlier. Now I am going to complain about the issue to the Management itself.
    My regards.

    P.S. look at the teacher's scholarly work in the form of his setting the paper, attached here.
    Not only the above scholarly work, just observe the pic I have attached containing the teacher's work

    (Q36) Then he takes an autorickshaw first and later walk to _____ school.
    My daughter wrote 'his'. The teacher thought it was 'the' and crossed her answer. I would like to mention that Indians don't understand the use of 'the'. I asked my daughter. She said, there was no mention of the school that Babar reads in in the paragraph. Had there been a next sentence like Babar liked __ school, she would have written 'the' then.

    For (Q37) my daughter wrote 'had expected' and 'had thought' and the teacher crossed them too. She explained that it was normal for people to expect and think before the match commended.

    And to leave no doubts among the senior members, the name of this screwed college of India is posted.



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    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    Allow me to make some suggestions.

    Quote Originally Posted by bkpsusmitaa View Post
    You know, my daughter knows the answers very well, but her teacher keeps confusing her. The person crossed out the answer and didn't give her marks for it. How asinine the teachers can be! And the school is supposed to be very good, maybe one of the best. I don't know what sort of nepotism brings such teachers within the recruitment framework.
    Maybe the teacher is related to the principal. (Change "answers" back to "answer" if it's really only one thing, but I have a feeling it's not. In fact, they seem to get things wrong quite often.)
    Last edited by Tarheel; 24-Nov-2015 at 20:01. Reason: fix something

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    The word "homonym" is not a proper noun, and neither is either "clear quartz" or "agate".


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    #10

    Re: Converting an affirmative sentence into an interrogative form

    And 36 should be "walks" not "walk."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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