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I am having a brain freeze this morning and am looking for your assistance.

I wrote an email to an acquaintance whose English is his second language. In it, I wrote "What to you have planned for today?". His reply was that this is improper English. (what a pal!) Can you help me explain this sentence grammatically to him? I have told him that it is simply a common question posed between individuals who know each other and that you wouldn't walk up to a stranger and ask such a question.

Thank you in advance for the time and attention you have given this request. I look forward to reading your prompt and informative reply.
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"What to you have planned for today?"

Excuse me, guy, but I don't understand why you've put "to" in this sentence.

"What have you planned for today" would be a proper one.

Hope that'll help you, man!

The first one can't be called completely correct grammatically, I mean the word order.
Anyway, don't use such sentences with foreigners, man!
Sorry. A typo on my part. What do you have planned for today? do not to
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You poor devil! You got me completely confused!

What do you have planned for today - don't see any mistake. Tell your friend he'd better
improve his English.
What do you have planned for today?


That is a very common expression. You might see a friend and ask that question. Your boss might ask that question at the beginning of the day.

"What" is a common way to begin a question.

What time is it?

What are you doing?

What is wrong with the television?

Here is the [url="http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary "]Merriam-Webster dictionary[/url].

We see that "what" can be a pronoun.

1 a (1) -- used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity, nature, or value of an object or matter (2) -- often used to ask for repetition of an utterance or part of an utterance not properly heard or understood b (1) archaic : WHO 1 -- used as an interrogative expressing inquiry about the identity of a person

What do you have planned for today?

Here "what" is seeking to determine the "identity or nature" of things you have planned for today.

"Do" is a verb to peform or execute.

"You" is straightforward.

Everything else at this point ought to make sense?

If this is not clear, please write back and let us know where the confusion lies.

Hope this helps.

MountainHiker

I am confused.The friend's reply is improper?
Who tell me how to answer the sentence "what do you have planned for today?"
Maybe nextday, someone would ask me like that.
thank you for the attention. I am eagle for your informative reply.
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Who tell me how to answer the sentence "what do you have planned for today?"


Let's say you were to call me tomorrow and ask, "What do you have planned for today?"

My answer would be....

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I plan to have breakfast, have a shower, get dressed, work, have supper, go to the gym and workout, visit a friend, come home, read a bit, and then go to bed. It will be just a normal day.

And how about you, what do you have planned for today?
~~~

That would be my answer.

I hope that helps.

MountainHiker
Use proper grammar and spelling other than that I don't what to tell you except good luck

your friend is right .We don't say what do you have planned ? we say what have you planned ? T he use of the present perfect is more adequate in this case.

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