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    #1

    ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    [1] What's your favorite rock group?
    [2] Who's your favorite rock group?
    [3] *Who're your favorite rock group?

    Only [2] is given in the key to the task (to my great confusion). Just that [1] sound all OK to me, and while I try to follow the logic of [2] I start wondering why not [3] then? Which of [1] and [2] is more "grammatically correct', if I may say? Which is more appropriate in conversation? What's the difference? And whether [3] is possible too, say, in BE?

    Thank you for your comments in advance.

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    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    Quote Originally Posted by trans View Post
    [1] What's your favorite rock group?
    [2] Who's your favorite rock group?
    [3] *Who're your favorite rock group?

    Only [2] is given in the key to the task (to my great confusion). Just that [1] sound all OK to me, and while I try to follow the logic of [2] I start wondering why not [3] then? Which of [1] and [2] is more "grammatically correct', if I may say? Which is more appropriate in conversation? What's the difference? And whether [3] is possible too, say, in BE?

    Thank you for your comments in advance.
    "Group" in this case is singular. The answer will be one group with one name. I'd say 1, but 2 is probably not wrong.

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    #3

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    I see now, so "who", same as "what", relates here to an inanimate group, not to its multiple animate members (musicians), and is meant singular.

    What/who is your favorite singer/rock group?

    Thank you for you help.

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    #4

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    3 is possible in BrE.

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    #5

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    It's "who is your favorite band?" A group of people are a "who" not a "what."

    I wouldn't be surprised to hear "what" though.

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    #6

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    Interestingly, google search gives the following results:

    What / Who is your favorite band?
    2.930.000 / 2.020.000 = 3/2

    What / Who is your favourite band?
    366.000 / 234.000 = 3/2


    What / Who is your favorite singer?
    3.020.000 / 971.000 = 3/1 (!)

    What / Who is your favourite singer?
    217.000 / 271.000 = 3/4

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    #7

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's "who is your favorite band?" A group of people are a "who" not a "what."

    I wouldn't be surprised to hear "what" though.

    Thank you. Now I see, a group of people in [2] are (or is ?) thought as singular and animate.
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    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    Yes. Americans tend to consider groups to be singular. The band is touring Europe right now. Congress is in session. The committee is working on a proposal.

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    #9

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's "who is your favorite band?" A group of people are a "who" not a "what."

    I wouldn't be surprised to hear "what" though.
    What sounds fine to me- it's common enough in BrE. All three possibilities in the first post are equally OK to me.

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    #10

    Re: ... ... your favorite group? (AE)

    I just realized that I quoted preliminary search result numbers which diminish drastically when you reach last pages of the lists. I feel sorry for having possibly misguided you, here you are some smaller (and more consistent) numbers:

    What is your favorite band? / What is your favourite band?
    478/448

    Who is your favorite band? / Who is your favourite band?
    451/415

    Who are your favorite band? / Who are your favourite band?
    25/57

    Thank you, Tdol, too!

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