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    For whom the bell tolls?

    Hi, next doubt,
    We have: Who hit David? and Who Did David hit? It is ok, cos this example I have in my book, but:
    "For whom the bell tolls" Is it a question or not, and what does it mean
    "Whom Does the bell toll for" what does it mean? :|


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    Re: For whom the bell tolls?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebossfan View Post
    Hi, next doubt,
    We have: Who hit David? and Who Did David hit? It is ok, cos this example I have in my book, but:
    "For whom the bell tolls" Is it a question or not, and what does it mean
    "Whom Does the bell toll for" what does it mean? :|
    IT is a relative clause

    I do not know for whom the bells toll.
    I do not know whom the bells toll for.

    In a indirect question, there is no subject-verb inversion

    Compare:

    I do not know what I did. -- correct
    I do not know what did I. -- wrong syntax


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    #3

    Re: For whom the bell tolls?

    There's a discussion of the history and meaning of the line here.


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    #4

    Re: For whom the bell tolls?

    Yeah, but I am not talking about meaning but about grammar: Whom does the bell toll for: is it a question? And For Whom the bell tolls (is it a question or just not)

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    #5

    Re: For whom the bell tolls?

    It's a statement.


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    Re: For whom the bell tolls?

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee

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