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Unread postby cyphever1 » Thu Sep 21, 2006 2:48 pm

Hi,

I have a sentence like "Here is the cup". If I want to make a question for this, what would it be? I don't think I should use a "where" question, right?

Thanks.
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Unread postby Fathy » Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:54 pm

hi
as you know we have two types of questions in english.
Yes/No questions and WH questions.
therefore, when you want to make a question out of your sentence you can use 'where' i.e., Where is the cup? as a Wh question and 'Is here the cup' as a yes/ no question.
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Unread postby cyphever1 » Mon Oct 02, 2006 3:25 am

Hi Fathy,

Thanks. If I ask "Where is the cup?", it seems so strange to me to have an answer like "Here is the cup."

Thanks again!
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Here Vs There

Unread postby Rat07 » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:26 am

Hi Cyphever,
To answer what is the question of the sentence "Here is the cup", I would like to clarify the word "Here".
Here is origially adverb of place. In this sentence, Here acts as subject. Therefore, i think this sentence is rather not correct. It should be "Here, it is, the cup". And the question will be "Where is the cup?".
I hope, more or less, my answer can help you.

Warm regard,
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Unread postby cyphever1 » Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:53 pm

Thanks Rat!

I believe the sentence "Here is the cup" is correct as it is extracted from a children story book.

Anyway, in my opinion, I think a question for a sentence such as this cannot be made. It's just a kind of introducing something to someone. So it would be better not to make any question for it. What do you think?
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Unread postby Rat07 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 4:02 am

Hi Cyphere,

You migh be right if the sentence was extracted from a reliable source.
It may use for a certain specific purpose without the need of questioning. It may confuse some language analyser as Languge changes its meaning or grammatical structure according to social references.

It must be the end of the question.

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Unread postby vicshere » Wed Oct 04, 2006 2:18 am

Where is the cup?
The cup is here. :P
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