What distinct difference is there between X and Y? -Correct?

GeogeHalin

Senior Member
Japanese
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If I'm having a lesson, and I don't understand the difference between two things, can I ask:
"What distinct difference is there between the use of an apostrophe on plurals that end with 's' like boys' toys and names that end with 's' like Jesus's gown?"

Is that grammatical? Or should I say:
"Is there a distinct difference between the use of an apostrophe on plurals that end with 's' like boys' toys and names that end with 's' like Jesus's gown?"

Are they both correct? Which one is more idiomatic?

Thanks!
 
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    I think they're both idiomatic but they have different assumptions behind them. "What distinct difference" includes the assumption that there is a difference. "Is there a distinct difference" allows for the possibility that there is no difference.
     
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