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Message de vaiana posté le 28-07-2019 à 21:57:11 (S | E | F)
Can you help me out please? thanks in advance for any reply.
I'd like to know what the better way to convey this question in American English is :
(I want to ask someone about the place in which he's going to sleep during his foreign vacation )
Which place are you gonna stay in?
What place are you gonna stay in?
In what/which place are you gonna stay (during your vacation)?
...or any other suggestion
Modifié par lucile83 le 28-07-2019 21:58
Réponse : Question/holiday de vaiana, postée le 28-07-2019 à 22:01:18 (S | E)
...or maybe should I use AT instead of IN?
I'm looking forward to reading your answers
Réponse : Question/holiday de traviskidd, postée le 29-07-2019 à 01:40:30 (S | E)
Hello; "Where are you staying (at)?" should suffice.
P.S. In American English (which you asked about), a "holiday" is an offically celebrated day (a "jour ferié" in French). (It can also be an unofficial, but institution-wide, day off from work.) When you go somewhere far away, you go on "vacation".
Réponse : Question/holiday de vaiana, postée le 29-07-2019 à 10:41:46 (S | E)
Thank you But are my three sentences right?
Can I interchangeably use the prepositions AT and IN?
P.S. I know. The title isn't from me, but I guess Lucile wrote it in a British way
Réponse : Question/holiday de lucile83, postée le 29-07-2019 à 12:37:34 (S | E)
Yes for the title I chose BE, but for your message I finally kept AE
Which place are you gonna stay in? What place are you gonna stay in? Which is used if you can choose between two places. What is used if you don't know the places you could choose.
However those questions could be : Where will you stay? Where are you staying?
You don't need any preposition. Traviskidd said so.
Réponse : Question/holiday de traviskidd, postée le 29-07-2019 à 21:26:47 (S | E)
Hello vaiana; your questions aren't wrong (except for "gonna", which is technically not good English). No preposition is required with "Where". If you want to use "Which place", you can, but it is better to say "What hotel/campground/etc." ("Which" is OK if there are only a few possible choices.) If you must (or decide to) use a preposition, "at" is better, but "in" is OK if you are talking about a building.
Réponse : Question/holiday de vaiana, postée le 29-07-2019 à 22:52:30 (S | E)
Did I understand?
I have to use ‘which’ only if I know that the person is staying in a village with a few accommodations for instance, or was hesitating between two or three places last time we saw each other.
I have to use ‘what’ if I know the area where the person spends his vacation, but I don't know where he sleeps there.
Thank you Lucile and Traviskidd.
Réponse : Question/holiday de traviskidd, postée le 29-07-2019 à 23:37:47 (S | E)
Yes that's basically it. "Which" is for choosing from a limited list. "What" is more of a free choice.
You're . See you.
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