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    what is going on

    I try to understand the uses of "what is going on". Would you help me?

    For example, think about a man has started to behave strangely. Can we say that "What is going on to this man" ?

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    Re: what is going on

    Use "with".

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    Re: what is going on

    Can "What is going on with this planet" be said any situation?

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    Re: what is going on

    Not any situation.

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    Re: what is going on

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Not any situation.
    For some of them such as Harvey Disaster?

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    Re: what is going on

    Yes. No "D" caps.

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    Re: what is going on

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Can it be used for some of them something such as like the Hurricane Harvey disaster?
    Please see my corrections above. It's important to write in full sentences when you are learning English. There was no need to capitalise "disaster" but "Hurricane Harvey" is the official name of the storm so both words should be capitalised. It's simpler to just say "something like Hurricane Harvey".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: what is going on

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Can "What is going on with this planet" be said any situation?
    I would respectfully disagree with Andrewg927's answer. If you think that the planet has gone mad, which could either refer to events getting out of control or Gaia theory, then you could regard the planet as having got into a situation where this question makes sense.

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    Re: what is going on

    I took andrewg27's reply to mean "You can't use it in any ​situation", meaning "You can only use it in a situation in which it makes sense". I don't think he meant "There isn't any situation in which you can use it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: what is going on

    A clearer way to phrase the thought is You can't use it in just any situation.
    I am not a teacher.

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