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    #1

    what, where, when

    Who said what, where, and when.

    Are what, where, and when nouns in the above sentence?

    Thank you.
    Last edited by tkacka15; 04-Oct-2015 at 10:34.
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    #2

    Re: what, where, when

    You need a question mark after your sentence.

    Normally, these words are not nouns, but they are functioning as nouns in your sentence. They are objects of the verb "said".

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    #3

    Re: what, where, when

    I've found such a wording online: "The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When."

    It is used, here, in the declarative mood, isn't it?
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    Re: what, where, when

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    they are functioning as nouns in your sentence.
    They are functioning as direct objects. I don't think that makes them nouns.

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    #5

    Re: what, where, when

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They are functioning as direct objects. I don't think that makes them nouns.
    Yes, they are functioning as direct objects and they form here, in my opinion, nouns (as the word class/part of speech). I think along this line: "Who", a subject, is a 'doer'/'actor' of the action and the direct objects "what, where, and when" denote the 'sufferer' of the action.
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    Re: what, where, when

    Quote Originally Posted by tkacka15 View Post
    Yes, they are functioning as direct objects and they form here, in my opinion, nouns (as the word class/part of speech). I think along this line: "Who", a subject, is a 'doer'/'actor' of the action and the direct objects "what, where, and when" denote the 'sufferer' of the action.
    Fine. That does not necessarily make any of them nouns.

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    Re: what, where, when

    What does that make them then?

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    #8

    Re: what, where, when

    Who said what, where, and when.

    The subject 'who?' is a pronoun (= which person?)
    The direct object 'what?' is a pronoun (= what thing?)

    'Where?' and 'when?' are not direct objects (as I mistakenly said in post #4). They are adverbs, asking 'in what place?' and 'at what time?'.

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    #9

    Re: what, where, when

    That is a very odd analysis.

    For me, the sentence says "Who said what, (who said) where, and (who said) "when"? These three "w" words are direct objects of "said". The comma after "where" indicates a list.

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    #10

    Re: what, where, when

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That is a very odd analysis.

    For me, the sentence says "Who said what, (who said) where, and (who said) "when"? These three "w" words are direct objects of "said". The comma after "where" indicates a list.
    I agree, they are nouns: "where" means "a place" and "when "a time" here.
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