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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Confused about these two sentences    

Confused about these two sentences



chnabmourad
Tunisia

Confused about these two sentences
 
would you please tell me which sentence is the correct one 
 

Why Justin had to drop out of school ?

Why had Justin to drop out of school ? 

22 Aug 2017      



mfraczek
France

Hello,
Because you are using Had to + Verb, I would say: Why did Justin have to drop out of school? (I think you can t use Had as an auxiliary in your sentence since it isn t in the past perfect).
Hope it helps.
Murielle 

22 Aug 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Agree with mfraczek, but Why had Justin to drop out of school? is fine. The other option is not. 

22 Aug 2017     



Schantony
China

Agree with Mfraczek. Why did Justin have to drop out of school? 

22 Aug 2017     



omaxios
Morocco

Neither is correct! 
 

Why Justin had to drop out of school ?

 This interrogative statement requires an auxilary or helping verb at the beginning of the sentence to make it sound a question. So the alternative is   Why DID Justin have to drop out of school?"
 
Why had Justin to drop out of school ?
 Sounds like a logical question but it s grammatically incorrect in terms of using had as a helping verb. FYI, "HAD TO" can never function as an auxilary or helping verb by any means, even when it s used with another main verb, its structure is often followed with infinitive verb form (TO) and they re inseparable. Then what must be the accurate use is Why Did Justin HAVE TO drop out of school?" or   Why HAD Justin HAD TO drop out of school . The problem is the same as this mistake: was Supposed Justin TO Drop out school?
 
I hope I ve made it clear.

22 Aug 2017     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

It s not the most usual usage, but it s fine (the second one). Take a look at this.

22 Aug 2017     



RabbitWho
Czech Republic

QASI

Question word, axuiliary, subject, infinitive
 
 Where | do | you | live
Why | had | Justin | to drop
or 
 Why | did | Justin | have to drop 

22 Aug 2017