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    I have a question!!

    Hi!! I'd like to ask something

    I below saw the sentence in English Grammar in use

    " why work if you don't need money? "

    As I think, " Why do you work if you don't need money? " is correct.

    Is "do you" omitted? or do I misunderstand?

    I'm anxious to know it!!! Please help me!!!

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    Re: I have a question!!

    Yes, 'do you' (also: 'must you') is omitted, it is implied in the sentence. The spoken English is more flexible and spontaneous than the written, academic one, which must be grammatically correct. "Why worry?" would be another such example.
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    Re: I have a question!!

    Quote Originally Posted by daewonnim View Post
    Hi!! I'd like to ask something

    I below saw the sentence in English Grammar in use

    " why work if you don't need money? "

    As I think, " Why do you work if you don't need money? " is correct.

    Is "do you" omitted? or do I misunderstand?

    I'm anxious to know it!!! Please help me!!!
    Further to what bianca said....
    That sentence doesn't refer only to "you"; it is a general statement that refers to anyone, but we need a pronoun and "you" was used.
    You can also say, 'Why work if one doesn't need money?'

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