How much earn doctors?

bjorn42

Member
Turkish
I saw this structure in Dutch and I've heard that Dutch is very similar to English. Is this structure correct and formal in English?

"How much earn doctors?"
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    English 500 years ago was more like Dutch and German. That sort of question was possible then. But now, most verbs require a form of 'do' when you make a question or a negative. That's unique to English: it doesn't happen in those other closely related languages.
     

    bjorn42

    Member
    Turkish
    Thank you a lot. I don't have much information about roots of English. Now, a curiosity occured to me and I will research about it. :)
     

    Seiryuu

    Senior Member
    Canada; English
    Quite true, but this does not mean you should try to emulate German (or any other language) when trying to learn or speak English. ;)
    Can confirm. I'm currently learning German and aside from cases kicking my butt, the structure of clauses make me want to pull out my hair.

    That being said, looking at English from an outsider's perspective is interesting. I think Romance languages follow a similar structure and don't need an auxiliary like do.
     
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