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Are these questions in idiomatic English?

Hi All

On another forum, two native English speakers insisted that the questions shown below were incorrect English. Please tell me why, if the affirmative forms (answers ) shown are allowed, the question form is not allowed.

What does psychology study?

What does solid state physics study?

What does quantum mechanics study?

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-Psychology studies the relationship between environments and human behaviour. -Psychology studies the human psyche, behavior, and mental processes. This diverse field has roots in biology, medicine, philosophy, religion, and history. ... -Solid state physics studies the processes taking place on surfaces and semi-conductors. - -Theoretical physics above all examines the theory of quantum fields, gravitation and quantum information. -Quantum mechanics studies the behavior of atoms and the particles that make them up.

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m56 December 1, 2005 @ 6:59PM

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Hey, Eric...isn't it a bummer when life just turns around and kicks you in the face?

Google:

728 English pages for "tell them to knock it off".
11,400 English pages for "tell them to stop it".

What were you saying...?

Ah, yes:

:-P

m56 December 1, 2005 @ 7:04PM

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Regarding: "...psychology...cannot be used with a transitive verb."

Well, then what about "Psychology makes me uncomfortable" or "Calculus makes my head hurt"?

porsche December 19, 2006 @ 3:16PM

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porsche, nobody is saying that psychology or calculus cannot be used as a subject, nor that it cannot be used as a trasitive verb (read anon. more carefully). the debate is on the use of the word study.

as a translator, i would not feel happy using it this way in my translations, but i would not waste any time trying to tell people who do to knock it off, stop it, pack it in, give it a break, call it a day or the like.

it is unnerving for many to see language change, just as it is to see your children grow into adults. but attempts to prevent either are doomed to failure.

bentradotto May 24, 2007 @ 4:50AM

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Please all about classification of noun form or example please write it..

fantasticman_23 July 31, 2008 @ 8:53AM

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"Psychology studies" tells us what psychology (or psychologists) does; "Psychology is the study of" tells us what it is. A useful distinction.

CeiSerith July 17, 2012 @ 5:40PM

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@ CeiSerith, but then why Psychology has been translated in such a kind? "Psychology studies" tells us what psychology (or psychologists) does;

EnglishKnight1 July 18, 2012 @ 6:47AM

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