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    my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    hi..
    once i asked my American friend this question:
    Is that possible?
    she asked me:
    is what possible?


    now i want to ask:
    why she said : is what possible?.. and didn't say: what is possible?


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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    hi..
    once i asked my American friend this question:
    Is that possible?
    she asked me:
    is what possible?


    now i want to ask:
    why she said : is what possible?.. and didn't say: what is possible?
    She was referring to the word "that" in your question. She didn't understand what you were referring to so she was trying to clarify the question.

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    #3

    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    ok. but why she said :
    Is what possible?..
    and didn't say:
    What is possible?..

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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    A wild guess, but perhaps to preserve your original order?


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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    ok. but why she said :
    Is what possible?..
    and didn't say:
    What is possible?..
    The two questions are not the same. As has been pointed out, she could not decide what you meant with "that" and is asking for you to clarify your sentence. It is a contextual problem.

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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    A: She said he's going to kill you, you'd better go to your brother's.
    B: She said what?


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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    the word `what` is the subject of the question that she asked you.and she didnt know what was the subject that you were refering to so she tried to clarify what the subject was but in a question form.in grammar it is known as an echo question,used to clarify something that was said before.`is that possible?`,your subject was `that`,she didnt know what that was,so it was chaneg to `what`,and she sked you to clarify what `that` was.

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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    i am with you..
    and i understand you..
    but why she did'nt say: what is possible?..
    why she inverted the question to: is what possible?

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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mhd shaher View Post
    i am with you..
    and i understand you..
    but why she did'nt say: what is possible?..
    why she inverted the question to: is what possible?
    It's a mirrored answered. You asked her, "Is that possible?" to which she replied using the same construct, "Is what possible?"

    Here's another example,

    Max: That is possible.
    Sam: What is possible?

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    Re: my friend told me this question?!!!!!!!

    Hi Mhd shaher


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