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    What/Who

    Joe: _______ is the woman in a dress?
    May: I am not sure, but she looks like a teacher.
    (A) Who (B) Where (C) What (D) How
    The answer is option C. Do you agree?

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    Re: What/Who

    No. I'd say "who." But "in a dress" isn't natural either.

    Who is that woman in the blue dress? What does that woman in the blue dress do? See those women over there? Who is the woman in the dress?


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    Re: What/Who

    Joe: _______ is the woman in a dress?
    May: I am not sure, but she looks like a teacher.
    (A) Who (B) Where (C) What (D) How
    The answer is option C. Do you agree?
    Hi sitifan,

    Barb_D is right. I suspect your teacher wanted to introduce the context of asking about occupations/professions into the question, wrongly assuming that this would make what acceptable. It really doesn't.

    If you want to argue your case with your teacher or whoever set the question, explain to that person (in as diplomatic a manner as possible, of course) that when we want to ask about someone's occupation/profession, it is much more natural to ask What does sb do? Tell him or her that saying What is (that person)? can actually sound a bit rude.

    In reality, the speaker would probably identify the woman being referred to first. For example:

    A: Do you see that woman in the blue dress?
    B: Yes.
    A: What does she do?/Do you know what she does?


    Greg


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    Wink Re: What/Who

    Agreed that "who" is more appropriate here. From the second sentence, you can tell that it is interested to know who the person is than what the person does. Don't know if my explanation is valid.

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