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Do you kill the teacher?

Is a knife to proof yourself killed the teacher?

Please check, thank you very much teacher here!
 

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Did you kill the teacher?
Is there a knife to prove you killed the teacher?
 

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No.2 I'm okay.
But, No.1 is wrong? I disagree.
 

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1 is completely useless. It has no application in real life. What do you intend it to mean?
2 is also a bit silly; you'd hardly answer that if you had killed the teacher.
 

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1 is grammatically correct but like Raymott said, no use.
 

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No. 2 [strike]I'm[/strike] is okay.
But you say No. 1 is wrong. I disagree.

See above. Are you using the forum on a phone at the moment, Polyester? You have a huge amount of typos and typing "I'm" instead of "is" looks like an auto-correction to me.

You can disagree all you like. #1 has no practical use at all. There is no situation in which it could be used.
 

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A: Do you often kill a teacher?
B: Yes, very often.

:shock:
 

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'A teacher' is different from 'the teacher'.
You can't kill 'the teacher' again unless s/he has risen from the dead.
 

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You can't kill 'the teacher' again unless s/he has risen from the dead.

Good point. Which makes me think the question might be applicable in a fiction story.
 

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I can think of a very specific situation in which Do you kill the teacher? would work. An interrogator is pressing a criminal suspect for a confession, asking the suspect to walk through the crime. OK, so you walk into the classroom, carrying your pistol. You fire a shot. Do you kill the teacher?

This is an example of the historical present which is often used in writing. Occasionally it works in conversational English, too.
 

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Great example but the student shouldn't use it anyway because its application is so limited.
 

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You could use, 'do you kill the teacher?' in the context of a conversation about a video game.
 
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