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    #1

    Question word

    Is this question right?
    Who is the organizer of the fund-raising fair? (ABC Primary School)

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    Yes

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    #3

    Re: Question word

    But school is not a person's name, I can still use 'who' to ask? Pls help...:)

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    The organizer is a person.

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    #5

    Re: Question word

    Thanks!

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    #6

    Re: Question word

    Do you want to know the name of the PERSON who is ORGANIZING the event, or the name of the ORGANIZATION that BENEFITS from the event?

    Your question will get you the name of the person.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #7

    Re: Question word

    I'm really really sorry to butt in, but please let me ask something.
    (I personally find this topic interesting because 'organizer' has become part of the Japanese language. As far as the Japanese version is concerned, it doesn't have to be a person. )

    1. ABC primary school is organizing the fund-raising fair.
    2. What is organizing the fund-raising fair?

    Is the question (#2) correct?

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    Re: Question word

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    1. ABC primary school is organizing the fund-raising fair.
    2. What is organizing the fund-raising fair?

    Is the question (#2) correct?
    I'd use 'who'; 'what' seems very unnatural to me.

    ps. Please don't apologise for 'butting in'. This is not a private conversation - anybody is welcome to participate.

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    #9

    Re: Question word

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    As far as the Japanese version is concerned, it doesn't have to be a person.
    Thank you for your kind reply, 5jj.(You saved my life today in another thread. Thank you ever so much.)
    And...I quote what I said above. 'Organizer' is a fairly new word, so some people might be using it in the wrong way.
    I googled and found many Japanese people use the word in its original sense. I'd like to take back what I wrote in bold.
    I'm really sorry if I've caused any misunderstanding.

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    Re: Question word

    In English, a school can't organise anything. It is a building. Buildings can't organise or arrange fairs. People organise things, even if they do it on behalf of a school.

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