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    Question Simple present Wh-questions

    Ive been asked for a student, why in the grammar box wasnt included "WHO" as an option to use the auxiliary "Do" to ask questions.
    I told him that it was possible to use it for example: Who do you talk with?
    and that sometimes when who is used as subject, the auxiliary its not necessary.
    Id like to know if there is another reason.
    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Simple present Wh-questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Dadu View Post
    Ive been asked for a student, why in the grammar box wasnt included "WHO" as an option to use the auxiliary "Do" to ask questions.
    I told him that it was possible to use it for example: Who do you talk with?
    and that sometimes when who is used as subject, the auxiliary its not necessary.
    Id like to know if there is another reason.
    Thank you very much.
    That is interesting. You mean in the book there were questions like these:
    What do you think about that ?
    Where do you usually go in the evenings?
    Which of these shirts do you like most?

    In all of these sentences the question is about the object while the subject is fixed - you. So you could try to construct similar questions with who:
    Who(m) do you usually greet first when you arrive home?
    Who(m) do you ask about your English questions?
    Who(m) do you trust?
    Who(m) do you fear?
    Since above the pronoun seems to substitute the object I guess whom should be used. However I think that who could be also accepted, take a look at this recent thread for example: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...ho-x-whom.html

    So I conclude maybe the mentioned book was avoiding such somewhat more advanced grammar topic at the moment for didatic reasons.

    P.S.: Not a native speaker

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    Re: Simple present Wh-questions

    Oh, new ideas just came to my mind:
    You may begin a 'who' question asking about the subject this way:

    Who do you think is going to post in this thread? I think (subject) is going to post next.
    Who do you prefer to teach you English? I prefer Mr. Know It All to teach me English.

    The questions above refer somehow to a subject rather than an object - with these ones we can safely use a 'real who'.

    Well these are just some brainstorm ideas. What do you think?

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