Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    DARBO666 Guest

    Default Whoate The Cake Or Who Dideat

    Which one is correct and why?please support your anwers with a thorough linguistic account?
    to make a wh-question for this sentence Peter ate the cake the underlined word to be asked about is Peter so which one is correct and why?who ate the cake or who did eat the cake? I know that the first is correct but I want to know why the second is incorrect .I'm an English Language Teacher in Saudi Arabia ,I'll be grateful if answer me

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Whoate The Cake Or Who Dideat

    The marked form do/does/did ... eat is used for the negative (to help mark the 'not'), for the interrogative (to help mark the question), and to stress the utterance.

    Without the marked form, we would have (and historically did have [example of stressed form]):
    He ate not the cake.
    Ate he the cake?
    and we still do have:
    Eat the cake
    but not
    Eat not the cake

    For negatives and questions, there must be something between the 'did' and the 'eat.' In questions, if the subject is 'who,' you could not say:
    "Did who eat?" (Answer: Yes, who did.) or
    "Who did who eat?" (Answer: [Mr?] who ate George.)

    For stress, you can say:
    "You didn't finish it."
    "I did finish it."

    I'm not sure that will convince your students, but I have had some (?) success with students in Kuwait using the nonsense examples.

    You could look at Wh-movement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Similar Threads

  1. birthday cake
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 30-Apr-2007, 03:59
  2. cake
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Feb-2007, 14:54
  3. The icing on the Cake
    By BellaDonna in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Apr-2006, 22:32
  4. moon cake
    By NewHope in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 27-Sep-2004, 12:52
  5. BTW, is Moon cake a one word or two separate words? Thanks
    By Helped Wanted in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 04-Nov-2003, 10:13

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •