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    Are the sentences correct?

    1.Who are the people who were here last night?

    2.Who among you are the people who were enrolled in this subject?

    if these are correct please tell me there difference in the following sentences:

    1.Who were the people who were here last night?

    2.Who among you were the people who were enrolled in this subject?


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    I think we never use the question like you do.
    Are these questions your homework? If I were you, I would chose the second way:
    "1.Who were the people who were here last night?

    2.Who among you were the people who were enrolled in this subject?"
    and there aren't differences between them.
    All right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Royalty_no1 View Post
    I think we never use the question like you do.
    Are these questions your homework? If I were you, I would chose the second way:
    "1.Who were the people who were here last night?

    2.Who among you were the people who were enrolled in this subject?"
    and there aren't differences between them.
    All right?
    Dear teachers,
    Can you please give some suggestions.

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    Are the sentences correct?

    1.Who are the people who were here last night?

    2.Who among you are the people who were enrolled in this subject?

    if these are correct please tell me there difference in the following sentences:

    1.Who were the people who were here last night?

    2.Who among you were the people who were enrolled in this subject?
    They're all OK.
    "Who among you..." sounds somewhat Biblical.
    I would maybe say:
    Who was here last night?
    Which of you were enrolled in this subject?

    The first are/were distinction in the sentences is unnecessary. The answer to "Who were the people who were ..." and "Who are the people who were ..." will be the same.


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    Mamen is asking about the difference in meaning in the sentences between the use of Present tense 'are' , versus Past tense 'were'.

    Anyone able to help?

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Mamen is asking about the difference in meaning in the sentences between the use of Present tense 'are' , versus Past tense 'were'.

    Anyone able to help?
    The first are/were distinction in the sentences is unnecessary. The answer to "Who were the people who were ..." and "Who are the people who were ..." will be the same.
    There is no difference in meaning.
    The people who were the people who were here are the same people as the people who are the people who were here.
    Last edited by Raymott; 22-Jun-2009 at 10:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Mamen is asking about the difference in meaning in the sentences between the use of Present tense 'are' , versus Past tense 'were'.

    Anyone able to help?
    The difference is only when the people of last night are dead while referring back to them; you wouldn't say are in such a case, would you, David?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    The first are/were distinction in the sentences is unnecessary. The answer to "Who were the people who were ..." and "Who are the people who were ..." will be the same.
    There is no difference in meaning.
    The people who were the people who were here are the same people as the people who are the people who were here.
    thank you everyone!!!

    1. But can you please make your explanation more simpler?

    2. I understand that I'm allowed to use "are" since they are still the people who were there last night. The question here is "Why should I use "were" if they are still the people who were there last night.

    3. why is that are/were distinction in the sentences unnecessary.

    4. what would are/were inthe given sentences implies?

    thank you in advance!!!!

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    Re: tense

    Quote Originally Posted by mamen View Post
    thank you everyone!!!

    1. But can you please make your explanation more simpler?
    probably not.
    2. I understand that i'm allowed to use "are" since they are still the people who were there last night. The question here is "why should i use "were" if they are still the people who were there last night.
    no one is saying you should use "were".

    3. Why is that are/were distinction in the sentences unnecessary.
    because, as i said, it doesn't change the meaning; with the possible exception that engee has given.
    you were the person who sent the original post.
    You are the person who sent the original post.
    you are the same person who you were before.
    Who was the person who asked the question? - mamen.
    Who is the person who asked the question? - mamen.
    The distinction is unnecessary because people don't change into other people.

    4. What would are/were inthe given sentences implies?
    see above.
    thank you in advance!!!!
    r.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    The difference is only when the people of last night are dead while referring back to them; you wouldn't say are in such a case, would you, David?
    dear teachers,

    I think I won't be able to now if they are dead since I don't now who they are.

    please help

    thank you!!!!
    Last edited by mamen; 24-Jun-2009 at 11:22.

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