Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: In which aisle

  1. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 247
    #1

    In which aisle

    In which aisle is mayonnaise?
    In which aisle are pickles/eggs/yogurts?

    Are these correct questions, please?


    Thank you.

  2. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,307
    #2

    Re: In which aisle

    They're grammatically correct except that yogurt isn't usually used as a countable noun. It would be more natural to ask Which aisle is mayonnaise/yogurt in? Which aisle are pickles/eggs in?

    Your teachers may tell you to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition. Don't listen to that advice.
    I am not a teacher.

  3. Member
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Jan 2007
    • Posts: 247
    #3

    Re: In which aisle

    Yes, that is the thing (about preposition in the end)! I thought I could ask this way.

    As for yougurt- sure, I am aware of that, but thought of a pack of yougurt and thought I could use it in plural. Still not?

    Thanks.

  4. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,307
    #4

    Re: In which aisle

    I wouldn't be shocked to hear someone ask their kids (thinking about individual yogurt containers) Did you get your yogurts? But it doesn't sound natural in the supermarket context.
    I am not a teacher.

  5. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,334
    #5

    Re: In which aisle

    On a practical level, you're unlikely to find eggs, yoghurt and pickles in the same aisle (at British supermarkets).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  6. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,307
    #6

    Re: In which aisle

    Quote Originally Posted by irinaofr View Post
    Yes, that is the thing (about preposition in the end)! I thought I could ask this way.
    It's grammatically correct to ask In which aisle is the yogurt? No native speaker would ever phrase the question that way, though, except in a play or film set in the 19th century. Long ago, some self-appointed authorities on English usage decided that sentences should not end in prepositions. They succeeded in convincing many generations of English teachers that this was so. It isn't; it's the sort of advice up with which confident speakers do not put*.


    *That last sentence is intentionally awkward to point out the folly of the supposed rule we're discussing.
    I am not a teacher.

  7. emsr2d2's Avatar
    Moderator
    English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 47,334
    #7

    Re: In which aisle

    Most of us probably wouldn't say either "In which aisle is the yoghurt?" or "Which aisle is the yoghurt in?" I would say "Where's the yoghurt?" The answer will probably be "[In] aisle xxx".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  8. Barb_D's Avatar
    Moderator
    Other
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,063
    #8

    Re: In which aisle

    Sometimes I ask the store employee this way: If I were olive oil, where would I be?
    Or "If I were on a desperate mission to find the pasta aisle, which direction should I go?"

    It usually makes them smile, and they say something like, "Aisle 13, left side, near the bottom" or "Almost there - aisle after next."
    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.

  9. VIP Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2015
    • Posts: 12,307
    #9

    Re: In which aisle

    When I ask, they usually say "Right in front of you!"
    I am not a teacher.

  10. Moderator
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 26,651
    #10

    Re: In which aisle

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    When I ask, they usually say "Right in front of you!"
    Thank God I'm not the only one that happens to!

Page 1 of 2 1 2 Last

Similar Threads

  1. At a supermarket-aisle
    By backspace2062 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 26-Nov-2013, 11:17
  2. What aisle is milk
    By AlexAD in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 07-Jan-2013, 14:42
  3. aisle, corridor
    By Ju in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 01-Sep-2011, 07:57
  4. [General] diference between up and down the aisle
    By usokol in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 19-Aug-2011, 23:41
  5. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 28-Mar-2009, 13:46

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •