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    One of my students asked me today

    "Teacher, why do you say 'Who came to your house yesterday?', instead of 'Who did come to your house yesterday?"


    How can I explain to him about this? What do you think the best way is ?

    Please, help me out!


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    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    One of my students asked me today

    "Teacher, why do you say 'Who came to your house yesterday?', instead of 'Who did come to your house yesterday?"


    How can I explain to him about this? What do you think the best way is ?

    Please, help me out!

    We don't say, "Who did come to your house yesterday?" We say, "Who came to your house yesterday?"

    When the wh-word is the subject of the question, as it is in this example, we do not add the auxiliary "do".

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    Default Re: Wh- questions

    It depends who/what you're asking about - the subject or the object. If it's the subject, you don't need do/does, did to form a question.

    John came to me yesterday.
    Who came to you yesterday? - you're asking about the subject, John.

    John came to me yesterday.
    Who did John go to yesterday? - you're asking about the object, me.


    Oops, didn't notice you birdeen!
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    Default Re: Wh- questions

    We sometimes add the auxiliary for emphasis.
    A: Who came to your house yesterday? Was it Johnny?
    B: No, it wasn't.
    A: Well, who did come to your house yesterday?

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