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    "What" questions

    In general when we ask what questions, should the noun after what be plural or singular ?
    Should fruit be the exception? Because fruit is always singular (fruit)

    What sports do you like?
    What sport do you like?


    What fruit do you like?
    What fruits do you like?
    I like 2 fruits. Apples and bananas
    I like 2 fruit. Apples and bananas

    What animals do you like?
    What animal do you like?


    if the noun should the answer be plural? singular is not okay?
    What animals do you like?
    I like dogs

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    re: "What" questions

    I don't think there is any rule to say that you should ask a question in singular or plural.

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    re: "What" questions

    Using the singular only gives your listener once choice. If a person really loves tennis and golf, are you interested in this?
    Then say "What sports do you like"?

    The only time I'd use the singular is when the choices are given, and only one choice is possible at a time; for example:
    - if you're playing a game which has red, green, blue and yellow counters, you might ask "What colour do you like?"
    - if you have an apple and an orange to offer, you might show them, and ask "What fruit do you like?"


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    re: "What" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Using the singular only gives your listener once choice. If a person really loves tennis and golf, are you interested in this?
    Then say "What sports do you like"?

    The only time I'd use the singular is when the choices are given, and only one choice is possible at a time; for example:
    - if you're playing a game which has red, green, blue and yellow counters, you might ask "What colour do you like?"
    - if you have an apple and an orange to offer, you might show them, and ask "What fruit do you like?"
    Raymott, if the choice is limited, is it 'what' ot 'which'?
    Which colour do you like?
    Which fruit do you like?

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    Re: "What" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In general when we ask what questions, should the noun after what be plural or singular ?
    Using the format you use in your post, we generally use a plural noun.

    But there are other kinds of "what" questions. Examples:
    What time is it?
    What are you doing?
    What do you want to do?
    What are we going to do?
    What are you going to do?
    What is your favorite color?
    What day of the week does the 12th of this month fall on?
    What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
    What is your favorite food?
    What do you like to eat?
    What makes you happy?

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    Re: "What" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    But there are other kinds of "what" questions. Examples:
    What day of the week does the 12th of this month fall on?

    What makes you happy?
    What makes me happy is to have seen such good example (in bold)

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    Re: "What" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Raymott, if the choice is limited, is it 'what' ot 'which'?
    Which colour do you like?
    Which fruit do you like?
    Good point! "Which" is more correct grammatically if the choices are given.
    But colloquially, "What colour do you want?" means the same as "Which colour do you want?"

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    Re: "What" questions

    If the choice is limited I use which and not what.

    So

    What time is it?

    Which (What) colour do you want? both possible

    Which two of these four girls you like the most? (which and not what)
    No way to decide to the end of this year.





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    Re: "What" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    What makes me happy is to have seen such good example (in bold)


    Here's another:
    What do you think? (My favorite.)

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    Re: "What" questions

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post


    Here's another:
    What do you think? (My favorite.)
    Then you tell me, what do you think, what day of the next week do you expect me to answer your the favorite one on?

    And what month this year do you expect me to stop answering back in?

    And be sure I don't know what day of the week does the 13th of the January, of the 2013 fall on.

    But you might ask some other one who has been retired lately and has a lot of free time on due to the fact of neither not needing to do any additional work to get some pocket money for his life, on and on, day by day nor spending his time by learning some language.

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