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Hi,
consider the following question:
Did you find that stuff in the dumpster, or did you actually buy it in a store?
That was the normal version. Now, what I find myself doing informally is using the affirmative structure in the second part or such questions, that is, I use no inversion. Here it is:
Did you find that stuff in the dumpster, or you actually bought it in a store?

I usually don't use inversion in particular questions like these...

He bought it on the net? = He bought it on the net, right? I think that's likely, that's what I expect. = EXPECTATION
He bought it on the net? = What? I can't believe it... He bought it on the net? Really?
= SURPRISE

...and in those cases using the right intonation is very important too.

The problem is that in the compound questions I am asking about the questions are pretty neutral, yet I tend to avoid inversion in the second part, informally.
Did you find that stuff in the dumpster, or you actually bought it in a store?

Can anyone tell me whether this is completely odd or not? As always, I don't know where I might have picked this up. Thanks Emotion: smile
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How about this: Did you find that stuff in the Dumpster or actually buy it in a store?
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KooyeenI tend to avoid inversion in the second part, informally.
Did you find that stuff in the dumpster, or you actually bought it in a store?

Can anyone tell me whether this is completely odd or not?
Maybe not "completely", but it's odd (to my ear). I would do the inversion in both parts. I can't imagine where you picked up this tendency, but it may be time to put it down. Emotion: big smile

CJ
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Yes, I was going to suggest that one, too. That sounds more like normal English to me.
CJ
Looks like I'd better be careful! I see, thanks. Emotion: smile
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