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    Arrow Why Study Chemistry?

    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, in a introductory text on chemistry, I read this title:" Why Study Chemistry?" My question is: is it possible in English to make a question like this without an auxiliary verb?Thanks ahead.

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    Re: Why Study Chemistry?

    Yes, but not with all question words. It makes it more general - "why [do people, in general] study chemistry?" - what is the general point of studying chemistry?

    Similarly "Which refrigerator [would be a good one to buy]?" [There's a magazine just called 'Which?' - about consumer choices. And there have been lots of similar titles: Which computer?, What car?...

    But "When" and "How" need a to-infinitive, and do not give the general sense:

    He had to visit his aunt, but when to go?

    He knew he had to get out, but how to avoid the guards?

    Hmm... Maybe these ones with a to-infinitive are completely different. Perhaps some other teacher could help me out...

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    Re: Why Study Chemistry?

    Why don't I find this when I read the grammar rules about forming questions?

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    Re: Why Study Chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Why don't I find this when I read the grammar rules about forming questions?
    I think it is because not everything can be understood/gotten by reading grammar books, it's needed to read newspapers, magazines and so on.

    There are books that are focused on practical English usage, of course, they bring you some grammar, but they can show you how English is really used in everyday communication as well.

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    Re: Why Study Chemistry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Why don't I find this when I read the grammar rules about forming questions?
    It's not very formal, but I wouldn't call it especially colloquial. "Why <verb>?" is often used in journalism and other literature - especially the less academic self-help books - "Why diet?" "Why make friends?" "Why learn languages?"... writers often use questions like that at the beginning of a book, with the implication '... and this book will show you how to do it".

    As marciobarbalho said, apart from your school books you need to read widely.

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