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    grammar - word order

    -. Who’s the head of the finance department?
    -. Whos the guest speaker at the small business symposium?
    -. Whos the directors new secretary?

    I believe the basic word order in a question is usually

    [An interrogative + An auxiliary verb + Subject + Verb]~

    Based on this, when I tried to break down the structure of the above questions, I got confused...in the sense that....

    whether I should consider [who] as the [subject] or [subjective complement]??




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    Re: grammar - word order

    [QUOTE=erudite;807860]-. Who’s the head of the finance department?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I believe that so-called question words are treated differently.

    (2) WHO is the head of the department?

    (a) If you delete "who," you get: ___ is the head of the department?

    (b) It appears that "who" is taking the place of the answer:

    Mr. Kim is the head of the department.

    (i) I think that everyone would agree that "Mr. Kim" is the subject.

    (ii) Thus, I think that "who" (which is a substitute for "Mr. Kim")

    must be considered the subject. Do you agree?

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    Re: grammar - word order

    Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question^^

    Your step-by-step explanation was very helpful^^

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