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    Whose pen is (it) on the ground?

    1. Whose pen is it on the ground?
    2. Whose pen is on the ground?
    Which of the above sentences is correct?

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    Re: Whose pen is (it) on the ground?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. Whose pen is it on the ground?
    2. Whose pen is on the ground?
    Which of the above sentences is correct?
    Both; they mean different things.

    Context:

    1: There's something on the ground. I know that it's a pen, but I'm pretty sure you don't. Although I know what it is, I don't know whose it is. (An alternative - perhaps more common - is 'Whose pen is that on the ground?')

    2: More likely: everyone knows what it is and where it is, I just want to know whose.

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