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    does v. if

    Which one is correct?

    1. I would like to ask you if/whether the sun is yellow
    2. I would like to ask you does the sun is yellow?

    How can I insert the question form of simple past tense, I think it is called interrogative in grammar, after I would like to ask part without using if or whether?

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    Re: does v. if

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Which one is correct?

    1. I would like to ask you if/whether the sun is yellow
    2. I would like to ask you does the sun is yellow?
    1. is correct. 2. isn't.

    How can I insert the question form of simple past tense, I think it is called interrogative in grammar
    I'm not sure what you're asking. The past simple question form is

    Was the sun yellow?

    (I can't think why somebody would ask this.)

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    Re: does v. if

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    1. is correct. 2. isn't.

    I'm not sure what you're asking. The past simple question form is

    Was the sun yellow?

    (I can't think why somebody would ask this.)
    I am sorry I confused simple past and simple present.

    How can I insert the question form of simple present tense, I think it is called interrogative in grammar, after I would like to ask part without using if or whether? İ.e I want to use directly simple present without using if/whether structure or correct 2 without using if/whether structure.

    Thank you.

    Thank you.

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    Re: does v. if

    Is the sun yellow?

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    #5

    Re: does v. if

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Is the sun yellow?
    Well how can I joint "Is the sun yellow" to "I would like to ask". I think they can be joined and you may think that "I would like to ask" part is an overwritten but it might emphasize the question or it might show kindness/politeness.

    Thank you.

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    #6

    Re: does v. if

    Why do you want to ask this? Do you want to speak or write? Are you trying to make a point to someone of some kind in order to convince them of your point of view?

    I would like to ask you this: Is the sun yellow?
    Let me ask you this: Is the sun yellow?

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    Re: does v. if

    If we report a statement, we generally use 'say' and 'that', though 'that' can be omitted:

    "The sun is yellow".
    Piscean said (that) the sun is/was yellow.


    If we report a question, we generally use 'ask' and 'if':

    "Is the sun yellow?"
    Piscean asked if the sun is/was yellow.


    To pose an indirect question, we also use 'if':

    I would like to ask if the sun is yellow.
    Can/Could you tell me if the sun is yellow?
    Last edited by teechar; 11-Apr-2017 at 14:37.

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    Re: does v. if

    Auxiliary DO is not used with any parts of BE except for the negative imperative (Don't be silly) and the emphatic imperative (Do be careful)

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    Re: does v. if

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Well, how can I join "Is the sun yellow" to "I would like to ask"?
    This is the way we normally do it in English: "I would like to ask if/whether the sun is yellow."

    If for some reason you want to make this statement without "if" or "whether" (I can't imagine why), you will have to separate it into two parts. Here are some possibilities:

    "I would like to ask you something: is the sun yellow?"
    "I would like to ask you a question. Is the sun yellow?"
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