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    Question What do you do this for?-------right?

    Is this saying customary or right?

    I feel there seemingly is some disorder, but I'm not sure if the disorder indeed exists.

    Anybody provides wise advice?

    thanks ahead of time.


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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    Quote Originally Posted by freddie View Post
    Is this saying customary or right?

    I feel there seemingly is some disorder, but I'm not sure if the disorder indeed exists.

    Anybody provides wise advice?

    thanks ahead of time.
    Or can I say " My feeling is here seems a little disorder but I am not sure."?

    Thanks

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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    I'm sorry,maybe I didn't speak myself clearly?

    The expressing that confuses me is"what do you do this for?",not"I feel----exists".

    Thanks all the same

    and

    I wish more guys supplying suggestions.
    Last edited by freddie; 21-Sep-2006 at 08:44.

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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    I feel that there might be some disorder, but cannot be certain.

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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    Quote Originally Posted by freddie View Post
    I'm sorry,maybe I didn't speak myself clearly?

    The expressing that confuses me is"what do you do this for?",not"I feel----exists".

    Thanks all the same

    and

    I wish more guys supplying suggestions.
    I had never heard this expression before and it sounds really odd to me. So I would say. "For what are you doing this?"
    Other opions are welcome

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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    Hi Dany and Freddie
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    "For what are you doing this?" is grammatically correct, but would tend to sound overly formal. (It also sounds suspiciously similar to German with that preposition hanging around at the beginning of the sentence. )
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    In English, we just love hanging prepositions on the ends of sentences, so it would be much more typical to say: "What are you doing that for?"
    This sentence refers to one current activity (at the moment) and you want to know why the person is doing it. You can eliminate the problem of where to put the prepostion by saying "Why are you doing that?"
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    If you want to know why someone often does a certain thing, then you can say:
    "What do you do that for?" - OR - "Why do you do that?"
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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Hi Dany and Freddie
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    "For what are you doing this?" is grammatically correct, but would tend to sound overly formal. (It also sounds suspiciously similar to German with that preposition hanging around at the beginning of the sentence. )

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    I am from Germany

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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

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    I noticed that, Dany.
    All of my students are German, so you might say I know my "pappenheimer".
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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
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    I know my "pappenheimer".
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    As I was a little bit confused about the "hanging prepositions" I looked for some explanations and found the following link. Maybe it will helpful for someone

    Hanging prepostions


    Have a nice weekend

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    Re: What do you do this for?-------right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dany View Post
    So I would say. "For what are you doing this?"
    Other opions are welcome
    It's a possible question, but the word order doesn't sound very natural to me.

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