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    Who is absent?

    ... is usually said by a teacher at the beginning of a lesson. Is it possible to use 'are' in this question in a certain situation?

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    Re: Who is absent?

    Not usually. You are generally concerned with which individuals are missing.

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    Re: Who is absent?

    Would 'Who are to come today?' be a grammatically correct question?

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    Re: Who is absent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Would 'Who are to come today?' be a grammatically correct question?
    Hi, I would like to answer this, i'm not a teacher, but i believe i know this.

    I think you should say, 'who is coming today?' or 'who are coming today?' (if you are expecting more than one of course.)

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    Re: Who is absent?

    "Who" by itself is followed by a singular verb.
    We say 'Who is absent?' even if we know that two or more people are absent.
    But if there is a plural noun present, a plural verb is used. 'Who are the absent students?'

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