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    'You gave the book to whom?' VS 'you want what?'

    In this thread, bhaisahab said 'You gave the book to whom?' is perfectly correct.
    In this thread, MikeNewYork said 'you want what?' and 'you get what?' are not grammatical.

    Their constructions look similar to me, why is only the first one correct?

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    Re: 'You gave the book to whom?' VS 'you want what?'

    There is a difference between what is said colloquially and what is grammatical.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 30-Nov-2014 at 13:07. Reason: Fixing tiny typo

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    Re: 'You gave the book to whom?' VS 'you want what?'

    Do you think 'You gave the book to whom?' is colloquial but not grammatical?

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    #4

    Re: 'You gave the book to whom?' VS 'you want what?'

    Yes. It is not in the standard form for questions.

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    Re: 'You gave the book to whom?' VS 'you want what?'

    As it is ungrammatical, was it proper for bhaisahab to call it 'perfectly correct'?

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    Re: 'You gave the book to whom?' VS 'you want what?'

    Yes, it was.

    Both opinions could be defended in court if the matter comes to trial.

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