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Problem with a sentence



dackala
Serbia

Problem with a sentence
 
Hi all,
 
I don ´t know if the following sentence is correct: 
 In what ways motivation enhances productivity and autonomy among learners?

If it ´s not ok, can someone explain why?
 
Thank you!

22 Sep 2017      



Mfinnerty
United States

You would say In what ways does motivation enhance productivity and autonomy among learners?  You need a verb-does

22 Sep 2017     



maryse peyé
France

Yes, you need "does" because the interrogative form is "DOES motivation enhance productivity and autonomy among learners?"
 
When adding "In what ways" you ask for some more precision and the subject of the verb is still "motivation" which is not an interrogative word.
 

22 Sep 2017     



kwsp
United States

I agree with maryse peye.
 
Another way you could say it would be: "How does motivation enhance productivity and autonomy among learners?"

22 Sep 2017     



ureadanny
Costa Rica

How does motivation enhance productivity?

22 Sep 2017     



Antonio Oliver
Spain

Hi,
I think it all depends on the context... 
Is that phrase a part of a longer sentence? If it is an indirect question, for example, if the full sentence begins "We don ´t know" or "I wonder" or something like that, then t ´s OK to say "We don ´t know in what ways motivation enhances..."
Now, if it ´s the title of an article or the heading of a paragraph I would say "Ways in which motivation  enhances productivity ...
Of course I agree that in normal circumstances this question needs "does" 
What is the case? 
Thanks 
 

22 Sep 2017     



dackala
Serbia

 It was fırst there as a part of the longer sentence and I dıdn ´t mention that, actually I just put a question. After modification it was a question so all the above answers are correct. Thank you for your help!

23 Sep 2017     



miyoko71
Morocco

How can motivation enhance productivity............?

23 Sep 2017     



EFsz2
China

 
Or...
 
How does motivation enhance productivity and autonomy among learners? 
 
Or...
 
Explain how motivation enhances productivity and autonomy among learners? 

25 Sep 2017