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    #1

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    Whats your favorite soccer team?
    Whos your favorite soccer team?
    Flamengo is/are my favorite soccer team.
    Are the four sentences above acceptable (commonly used)?

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    Re: what x who

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Whats your favorite soccer team?
    Whos your favorite soccer team?
    Flamengo is/are my favorite soccer team.
    Are the four sentences above acceptable (commonly used)?
    Which soccer team do you root for ?
    I root for Flamengo !!

    PS Not a native speaker

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    Re: what x who

    Yes, I know some similar questions like "which/what soccer team do you support? - or "which/what soccer team do you root for/cheer for", but I wondered if those 4 sentences were right. Ive read that "whos your favorite team?" is right, but personally Id say "what". And I dont know whether its acceptable or not... Whether to use "flamengo is" or "flamengo are" also puzzles me.

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    Re: what x who

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Yes, I know some similar questions like "which/what soccer team do you support? - or "which/what soccer team do you root for/cheer for", but I wondered if those 4 sentences were right. Ive read that "whos your favorite team?" is right, but personally Id say "what". And I dont know whether its acceptable or not... Whether to use "flamengo is" or "flamengo are" also puzzles me.
    Well, I would never use "who" in that context.
    In my opinion the sentences:
    "Whats your favorite soccer team?" and "Flamengo is my favorite soccer team." are both correct and acceptable. The other two ones (with who and are) do not sound correct to me.

    PS Not a native speaker.

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    Exclamation Re: what x who

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Well, I would never use "who" in that context.
    In my opinion the sentences:
    "Whats your favorite soccer team?" and "Flamengo is my favorite soccer team." are both correct and acceptable. The other two ones (with who and are) do not sound correct to me.

    PS Not a native speaker.
    You are absolutely right. who is used to refer to a person or personified thing such as a player, an actor, a banker, a chattered accountant or a builder etc

    You can say; who is your favorite player? But not who is your favorite team.
    So the first sentence can not work here.
    The relative pronoun which refers to inanimate things and to animals Hence it is the right and appropriate word to ask question about a soccor team.
    what is normally used to ask for information about a person, animal and inanimate objects or for someone's opinion:
    Such as: What's your new boss like?
    What is your favorite color?
    So the first sentence with the pronoun what is OK

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