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muni



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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 10:03 am    Post subject: if its Reply with quote

Please correct this sentence,
"I want to know if its good for health or not"
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Lib



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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say: I want to know if it's (it is) good for your health or not.
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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2003 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, or you could ask "Is this healthy for me?"
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muni



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I say
"I want to know if this is a recommended operation for this disease or not"
would this be correct or I should say that
"I want to know is this a recommended operation for this disease?"
Thanks for help.
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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

muni wrote:
If I say
"I want to know if this is a recommended operation for this disease or not"
would this be correct or I should say that
"I want to know is this a recommended operation for this disease?"
Thanks for help.


It's quite common to add tag questions ie. "or not?" on to the end of questions.

They are not necessary, but it makes the original question less "loaded". That is, the person answering won't feel as if a positive reply is expected as much.

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Lib



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2003 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Iain, the 'or not' is not necessary. However, 'I want to know is this a recommended ....' isn't correct. You should say: I want to know if this is a recommended...
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obelix



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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2003 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want to know if it's good for (the, my) health or not?
Note the apostrophe in "it's".
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2003 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lib wrote:
I agree with Iain, the 'or not' is not necessary. However, 'I want to know is this a recommended ....' isn't correct. You should say: I want to know if this is a recommended...


Not very elegant, but with a couple of tweaks:

"What I want to know is: is this a recommended operation for this disease?"

Personally, I've never liked repeating "is" in a sentence in this way, but it does happen!

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what the **** are you talking about?
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Muni asked if the the following sentence was correct:

"I want to know is this a recommended operation for this disease?"

To which you replied.

You should say: I want to know if this is a recommended...

I offered an alternatice sentence:

"What I want to know is: is this a recommended operation for this disease?"

Does that answer your question? Or did you mean something else?
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Lib



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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2003 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, that's it! Couldn't find the repeated 'is' .... but then, I was looking in the wrong place, it was very late, and I was very tired!
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