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    formal confusion

    My friend hadn't gotten his book from someone and then my english teacher asked:

    "You gave the book to whom?"
    I think it was incorrect because the right question should be:

    "To whom you gave the book?"
    or

    "Who did you give the book to?"
    Was my teacher wrong?
    Last edited by Checkmate; 26-Sep-2014 at 17:48.

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    #2

    Re: formal confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    "To whom you gave the book?"
    'To whom did you give the book?' should be correct.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: formal confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'To whom did you give the book?' should be correct.

    Not a teacher.
    So, "To whom you gave the book" should be "To whom did you give the book" and my teacher was wrong, right?

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    Re: formal confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    So, "To whom you gave the book" should be "To whom did you give the book" and my teacher was wrong, right?
    No, your teacher wasn't wrong. This is perfectly correct: "You gave the book to whom?"

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    Re: formal confusion

    Solved :D

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    #6

    Re: formal confusion

    Please don't close threads- other people may have point to make and a forum is a public area for discussions. They will close automatically after a while.

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    Re: formal confusion

    When asking for clarification, the original question would be perfectly fine but as a standalone question, it is incorrectly structured. We do not, as a general rule, make a question by using a statement and simply putting a question mark at the end.

    Dialogue 1
    Teacher: Where is your book?
    Student: I gave it to Martin.
    Teacher: You gave it to whom?
    Student: I gave it to Martin.
    Teacher: Ah, that makes sense. I thought you said you gave it to a Martian!

    Dialogue 2
    Teacher: Where is your book?
    Student: I haven't got it with me. I gave it to someone.
    Teacher: Who did you give it to?
    or
    Teacher: To whom did you give it?

    "You gave it to whom?" does not work in Dialogue 2.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: formal confusion

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    When asking for clarification, the original question would be perfectly fine but as a standalone question, it is incorrectly structured. We do not, as a general rule, make a question by using a statement and simply putting a question mark at the end.

    Dialogue 1
    Teacher: Where is your book?
    Student: I gave it to Martin.
    Teacher: You gave it to whom?
    Student: I gave it to Martin.
    Teacher: Ah, that makes sense. I thought you said you gave it to a Martian!

    Dialogue 2
    Teacher: Where is your book?
    Student: I haven't got it with me. I gave it to someone.
    Teacher: Who did you give it to?
    or
    Teacher: To whom did you give it?

    "You gave it to whom?" does not work in Dialogue 2.
    Would it be wrong if I use "You gave it to whom?" in Dialogue 2 even it doesn't work like that

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