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    Questions with phrasal verbs

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please tell me when I can use the particle before the WH-word in questions with phrasal verbs?
    Is the inversion "particle/wh-word" possible only when the particle is a prepostion and not an adverb?

    Examples:

    Who does this book belong to? To whom / To who does this book belong?
    Whom did she look after? After whom / After who did she look? (correct?)
    What are you looking for? For what are you looking? (correct?)
    What country do you come from? From what country do you come?
    Which university did you go to? To which university did you go?

    What did she try on? On what did she try?
    What did the police knock down? Down what did the police knock?
    Whom did she ring up all morning? Up whom did she ring all morning?
    Which word did you look up? Up which word did you look?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    Are you looking for a rule? (You can do it when it makes sense to do it.)

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    In your first set, all but 2 work. The second does not work for me.

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    If you just want to know which sentences to use, that's easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Examples:

    Who does this book belong to? To whom / To who does this book belong?
    Whom did she look after? After whom / After who did she look? (correct?)
    What are you looking for? For what are you looking? (correct?)
    What country do you come from? From what country do you come?
    Which university did you go to? To which university did you go?

    What did she try on? On what did she try?
    What did the police knock down? Down what did the police knock?
    Whom did she ring up all morning? Up whom did she ring all morning?
    Which word did you look up? Up which word did you look?

    Thank you for your help.
    Got to go! (I'll finish later.)

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    Hello everyone,

    Indeed, Tarheel. I'm looking for a rule.
    So do you all think that all the sentences are correct except n2 ? How come since they are all prepositional verbs?

    1) To whom does this book belong?
    2)
    After whom did she look?
    3
    ) For what are you looking?
    4) Fromwhat / which country do you come?
    5
    ) To which university did you go?

    Thanks again

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Indeed, Tarheel. I'm looking for a rule.
    So do you all think that all the sentences are correct except n2 ? How come since they are all prepositional verbs?

    1) To whom does this book belong?
    2)
    After whom did she look?
    3
    ) For what are you looking?
    4) Fromwhat / which country do you come?
    5
    ) To which university did you go?

    None of those are natural sentences.

    For (1) say:

    Who does this book belong to?

    For (2) say:

    Who was she looking for?

    I am not sure what you are trying to say there, so I am not sure if that is right.

    For (3) say:

    What are you looking for?

    For (4) say:

    What country do you come from?

    For (5) say:

    What university did you go to?

    (When you discover a rule then maybe you can tell me what it is.)

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    I think #2 was asking about whom someone was looking after, such as a child.

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think #2 was asking about whom someone was looking after, such as a child.
    That seems like a good guess to me. Perhaps:

    Who was she taking care of?


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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    Hello,

    Tarheel, for sentence #3 your first guess was right.

    So whether it is formal or informal English the preposition should always come last in questions?

    All the best

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    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    To be honest, and I'm a middle-aged BrE speaker, the for what are you looking form, while grammatically correct, sounds very unnatural to me in formal or informal usage.

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