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    Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    May I know what is the meaning of this sentence, "By which was this vase broken?"
    Is it another way of saying " who broke the vase? " Or " which vase has broken"?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    It's unlikely. It could be used if we know that one animal of a group broke it, but it could as easily be wrong. It's not a way of saying either of those questions.

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    #3

    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    It's a very odd way to phrase a question. I'd read further to see if I could figure out what was intended.

    Please don't put a space after an opening quotation mark or before a closing quotation mark.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    It might help if we knew the source of the quoted question.

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    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    Hi,

    1. By ________ was this vase broken?
    A. who
    B. how
    C. which
    D. whom

    I chose D but the answer given was C. So, I decided to ask teachers.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    D is correct.
    Where did you find the question?

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    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    I rechecked my answer with my friend. It was me that wrongly marked the answer. Now, I'm clear. Love this site a lot.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: Meaning: By which was this vase broken?

    Quote Originally Posted by Khay HY View Post
    By whom was this vase broken?
    That's grammatical but highly unnatural.

    Quote Originally Posted by Khay HY View Post
    Who broke the vase?
    That's grammatical and natural.

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