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    Questions about wh-questions

    Hello everyone,

    I got some questions concerning the forming of wh-questions in a simple past tense conversation.

    1.)“Did you do sport in the summer holidays?” -> “Yes, I did.”
    (a) “What | kind of sports did you do?”
    “Which |
    (b) “What did you do?”
    My questions are:
    - Are both variants (Which or What) of (a) correct questions?
    - Why does “kind of sports” move in between the question word and the aux. verb? I thought the question word would immediately be followed by the aux. verb if it is not a subject question?
    - In the context of that conversation would (b) be an acceptable substitution for (a)?

    2.)“Did you read a book in the summer holidays?” -> “Yes, I did.”
    (a)“What was/is the name of the book you read?”
    (b)“What did you read?”

    My questions are:
    - Which one is correct and why? “What is the name...” or “What was the name...”. (The verb “read” is in simple past.)
    - Would (a) and (b) deliver the same result or answer?

    Thanks in advance for your answers.

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    Re: Questions about wh-questions

    Hello Viashivan


    • Which sports?


    • What sports?


    • “kind of sports” functions as the object of the main verb, so it moves to the front in forming a question:


    • I played many sports during the summer holidays.
    • What kind of sports did you play?
    • What sports did you play?
    • Which sports did you play?
    • Which kind of sports did you play?
    • Yes, (b) would be an acceptable substitution for (a).



    • Did you read a book during the summer holidays?
    • What was the name of the book?
        • Past tense, in the past.
    • What is the name of the book?
        • Present tense expresses a fact.
    • Yes, (a) and (b) deliver the same result.

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