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    making questions

    Please teachers, I am kinda confused about asking questions, these are the points:

    a) There was a ball?
    I guess this one only appears in everyday conversation, not in newspapers and magazines, right?
    b) Was there a ball?

    I mean, how to know when use both of them?

    and... What are the differences between...

    1) What are you doing?
    It seems someone asking someone else, right?
    2) What you are doing?
    It seems someone asking himself/herself about someone else's question.

    Could you explain this for me?

    Many thanks


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    Re: making questions

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Please teachers, I am kinda confused about asking questions, these are the points:

    a) There was a ball?
    I guess this one only appears in everyday conversation, not in newspapers and magazines, right?
    b) Was there a ball?

    I mean, how to know when use both of them?

    You could use the first one, Marcio, when you want to express incredulousness, when you don't really believe something is true.

    There was WMD in Iraq!

    I'd say that the structure could be found in newspapers or magazines though it certainly would not be as common as in speech.


    and... What are the differences between...

    1) What are you doing?
    It seems someone asking someone else, right?
    2) What you are doing?
    It seems someone asking himself/herself about someone else's question.

    Could you explain this for me?

    Many thanks
    I suppose that there's an outside chance that it could see some use, given the right context but right now I see the difference as, number 2 is not English. It sounds like a question from a young child that hasn't yet had the word order set straight in their mind.

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    Re: making questions

    "What are you doing?" can be directed at someone else or can be self-talk directed to yourself.

    "What you are doing?" as a question is not standard. I can't think of when you'd use it.

    Using a statement but with a rising inflection to make it a question is common in spoken language to express surprise or to get confirmation.

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