Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?
April 17, 2014, 02:00:34 pm
HomePredMockPollEVCalcAFEWIKIHelpLogin Register
News: Please delete your old personal messages.

+  Atlas Forum
|-+  Forum Community
| |-+  Off-topic Board (Moderators: Torie, Assemblyman & Queen Mum Inks.LWC, The Mikado)
| | |-+  A question about a question
« previous next »
Pages: [1] Print
Poll
Question: Which sentence is correct?
How many species do exist?
How many species exist?
Show Pie Chart

Author Topic: A question about a question  (Read 228 times)
solarstorm2012
Full Member
***
Posts: 131
View Profile
« on: August 02, 2012, 08:19:33 am »
Ignore

My gut is for the first sentence, but my brain says option 2.

It's a question for a subject, hence the auxiliary verb ought to be dropped, but I have never read an English interrogative clause containing a subject without an interrogative pronoun.
Logged

If you wanna know why Beyoncé's mic was turned off during her inauguration performance, here's why:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI1kq6CA_38   Cheesy

La Fway, Baby!
Yelnoc
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 6559
United States
View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 09:21:14 am »
Ignore

I don't know what your second lin means, but option B is the vernacular.
Logged

Goodbye
Redalgo
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 2412
United States


View Profile
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012, 10:10:22 am »
Ignore

Both are passable in conversation or writing, really, but the first would probably be deemed a bit awkward by other people. The second line is what I consider normal.
Logged

Liberal socialist
Political Matrix results: -3 (Economic), -8 (Social)
Senator Alfred F. Jones
Alfred F. Jones
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 7542
United States


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 11:10:34 am »
Ignore

I don't know what your second lin means, but option B is the vernacular.
Logged



Alfred is the only acceptable option

Clinton they've discovered our lovechild Sad

ask_not
donavan_ed
Full Member
***
Posts: 153
View Profile
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012, 06:09:20 pm »
Ignore

i say the secound.
Logged
R2D2
20RP12
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 21656
Germany


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 06:36:38 pm »
Ignore

Option 2
Logged

Smid
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 5989
Australia


View Profile
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012, 07:04:34 pm »
Ignore

The first option rather reads like the Old Hundredth Hymn - "All people that on Earth do dwell"
Logged
muon2
Moderators
YaBB God
*****
Posts: 8079


View Profile
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2012, 04:44:38 pm »
Ignore

The second choice would be the usual form. However, I could see using the first if the intent was to create emphasis; say the the first with an accent on "do". One might want to do that if the subject  that follows was contrary to conventional wisdom on the number that exist.
Logged


Lunar Eclipse of April 15, 2014 with the star Spica.
Pages: [1] Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  


Login with username, password and session length

Logout

Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines