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Alan
How to post a question italki users: Keep your questions focussed and full of examples!


Questions like "How do I use the present tense?" or "What's the difference between' make' and 'do'?" are not helpful, because answering them would take thousands of words.

Use Google to research the answer yourself, then find interesting sentences and post any you don't understand.


Also, when posting in italki's questions/answers section, please provide context! Where did you see the sentence? Give us a paragraph to see!


I know other people have posted about this before, but it's worth bringing up from time to time. PLEASE STOP ASKING VERY GENERAL GRAMMAR QUESTIONS! And please, please PLEASE: give us some example sentences to work with! We don't understand decontextualised language as well as you might think!


Thank you! :)

Jul 19, 2016 3:24 PM
Comments · 3

Can you give me an example of a "helpful" question? 

July 19, 2016
مرسی Sahar!
This, to me, is an example of an excellent question. Perhaps my answer wasn't perfect, but it was my pleasure to answer it:
https://www.italki.com/question/363278
Notice how many answers it got by the way!

This particular learner obviously has a high level of English if they're reading The Economist, but even lower levels can find example sentences in corpus dictionaries like these:
www.linguee.com
www.jukuu.com (Chinese learners)
www.glosbe.com
July 19, 2016

Hi, Alan. I totally agree with you. We should ask our questions with example sentences. This is great idea sharing our friends application words and expressions and also, it makes easier to study grammar.

Many thanks! 

July 19, 2016
Alan
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Persian (Farsi)
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), Persian (Farsi)