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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    When you read on, fivejedjon, you might arrive at the same presumption as I did.
    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    No.
    Why not? To me, the asker's problem mainly lies in deciding whether s/he should apply a singular verb or a plural one after who being the subject of a question, not the object or complement.

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Why not? To me, the asker's problem mainly lies in deciding whether s/he should apply a singular verb or a plural one after who being the subject of a question, not the object or complement.
    engee, where 'the asker's problem mainly lies' is a matter for conjecture. eren deren asked two questions. I answered the first in post #2, and Barb added something in post #7. I answered the second in post #2 and followed up in post #6.

    If eren deren is still not clear, we can expect further questions.

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    May I ask another question to help me out of my confusion?

    Instruction:Ask the question word for the underlined sentence.

    Terry and Sue watch TV every afternoon.

    Who watches Tv every afternoon?
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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

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    May I ask another question to help me out of my confusion?
    Sorry our little discussion led us away from your question, eren.

    This is basically the same question as the first, and the answer is:
    When 'who' is the grammatical subject of the verb that follows, the verb is singular, so:

    Who watches .
    ..?

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    Thank you very much for everyone who tried to help me.
    At last I have understood.
    So,Thank you all.

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    Side note: TV or tv, but not Tv when used for television.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    who ARE they

    the verb is not singular

    one of the reasons English is so difficult to master as a second language is:
    there are very few rules where you can state that they ALWAYS apply. Whenever anyone asks: "is this always true" simply answer "no" and the odds are you will be correct.

    It is NOT true that "who" is always used with the singular form of a verb.

    A better question might be: is WHOM (the singular form of who) always used with a singular form of a verb?

    to see the answer to THAT question see the rule about answers to questions in this post!

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by davilan View Post
    A better question might be: is WHOM (the singular form of who) always used with a singular form of a verb?
    Whom is the object form, not the singular form. Of course "whom" can be used to refer multiple people, but objects don't take verbs.

    I think we can safely say "whom" never takes a plural verb, nor a singular one either, as it's an objective pronoun, and not used as the subject.

    Was this just a brain cramp? I surely have them all the time, but the idea that you're teaching people that "whom" is the singular form of the subject pronoun "who" is disconcerting.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: is the question word -who- always singular?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    When 'who' is the grammatical subject of the verb that follows, the verb is singular
    Hello, 5jj.

    I am a bit confused here.

    Isn't who the grammatical subject of the verb be in the following sentence?

    Who are those people over there?

    Many thanks

    Richard

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