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I try to understand the uses of "what is going on". Would you help me?

For example, think about a man has started to behave strangely. Can we say that "What is going on to this man" ?

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Use "with".
 

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Can "What is going on with this planet" be said any situation?

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Not any situation.
 

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Yes. No "D" caps.
 

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Can it be used for [STRIKE]some of them[/STRIKE] something [STRIKE]such as[/STRIKE] like the Hurricane Harvey disaster?

Please see my corrections above. It's important to write in full sentences when you are learning English. There was no need to capitalise "disaster" but "Hurricane Harvey" is the official name of the storm so both words should be capitalised. It's simpler to just say "something like Hurricane Harvey".
 

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Can "What is going on with this planet" be said any situation?

I would respectfully disagree with Andrewg927's answer. If you think that the planet has gone mad, which could either refer to events getting out of control or Gaia theory, then you could regard the planet as having got into a situation where this question makes sense.
 

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I took andrewg27's reply to mean "You can't use it in any ​situation", meaning "You can only use it in a situation in which it makes sense". I don't think he meant "There isn't any situation in which you can use it".
 

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A clearer way to phrase the thought is You can't use it in just any situation.
 
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