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    Question question word as subject

    please help me explain to my high school ESL students how to use the question word as subject!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Re: question word as subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Marisa2002 View Post
    please help me explain to my high school ESL students how to use the question word as subject!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Who are your students?

    My students are from Mexico.
    My students are from Ukraine.
    My students are from Congo.
    My students are from a number of different countries.

    So that's who your students are. Your students are many different nationalities, though now they're ____?_____ .

    I want to know who your students are.
    Okay, I can tell you who my students are. My students are from many different countries.

    Here's something that might be helpful:

    Wh Questions and words for students and teachers of English grammar

    The "grammar" used with wh- questions depends on whether the topic being asked about is the "subject" or "predicate" of a sentence. For the subject pattern, simply replace the person or thing being asked about with the appropriate wh-word.

    • (Someone has my baseball.) Who has my baseball?

    • (Something is bothering you.) What is bothering you?

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    Re: question word as subject

    Also remember that sometimes question words don't actually ask a question.

    How is not the question. Why is the question.

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