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Pronouns in questions

Level: beginner

We use who to ask questions about people:

Who is that?
Who lives here?
Who did you see?

We use whose to ask about possession:

Whose coat is this? or Whose is this coat?
Whose book is that?   or Whose is that book?
Whose bags are those? or

Whose are those bags?

We use what to ask questions about things:

What is that?
What do you want?

We use which to ask someone to choose something:

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
I've got two books. Which do you want?

We can also use what and which with nouns:

What subjects did you study at school?
What newspaper do you read?
Which newspaper do you read –
The Times or The Guardian?
Which book do you want?
Which one is yours?

Pronouns in questions 1

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We often have a preposition at the end of a question:

Who does this book belong to?
What are you looking for?
Which university did you go to?

Pronouns in questions 2

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Pronouns in questions 3

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Comments

Hi anasge,

Yes, you can say 'Can I go and drink some water, please?' or 'Can I go and get a glass of water?'. The first one implies you will drink outside the classroom, whereas the second implies that you will get the glass of water and bring it back to class with you.

It's grammatically correct to say 'Can I go and bring a glass of water?', but we normally use 'get' when speaking about obtaining something and bringing it somewhere. If you said this, a native speaker might wonder who you're bringing the water to, and where.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,
If I am thirsty during a lesson. Can I ask ;
Can I go and drink some water, please?

P. S. I'll be glad if you could say me how to change my message when it's been sent.
P. P. S... It's thanks that I want to say to you.
{I am afraid I have asked you to say me thanks
in the previous message, so I have corrected it in this one.

Hello Alexander,

I'm afraid it's not possible for you to change a comment after you submit it. This means you should revise what you write before sending it. But if you make a mistake, don't worry -- this is quite common and you can still learn from it.

Don't worry about the other point you make!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there! I'm dying to become one who know whether the following thing are right or not ;
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Is this list comprehensive or are there some names missing?
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Is this right or I am supposed to use the next one so that be following the rules ;
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Is this list comprehensive or there are some names missing?
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It's a good day that I wish you to have, it's thanks that I want you to say.

Hello Alexander,

Generally we don't provide a checking service for our users. We try to focus on explaining systems and rules and not correcting errors. We simply have too many users to do this kind of thing regularly.

Is this list comprehensive or are there some names missing?

This sentence is fine.

 

Is this right or I am supposed to use the next one so as to follow the rules / in order to follow the rules

This sentence needs some changes:

Is this right or I am supposed to use the next one so that be following the rules

 

Is this list comprehensive or there are some names missing?

This sentence is the same as the first one.

 

It's a good day that I wish you to have, it's thanks that I want you to say.

These are grammatically correct but sound very unnatural. I can't think of a likely context in which anyone would want to say this. We would simply say the following:

Good day! / Good day to you! / I'd like to wish you a good day!

Thanks! / Thank you very much! / Let me say thanks, I'm really grateful.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there! I've found a rather interesting sentence while looking up a dictionary. Here it is.
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Why does he act as if he was stupid?
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Maybe I didn't get it right, but should there be 'were' instead of 'was'?
Thanks beforehand!

Hi Alexander,

Both 'was' and 'were' can be used in hypothetical if-constructions such as this:

If I was you, I'd...

If I were you, I'd...

This is a change in how the language functions. In the past (perhaps 50 or 60 years ago) the correct form was 'were' and most people saw 'was' as incorrect. In modern English 'were' is still more common, especially in more formal contexts, but 'was' is also used.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Please, would anyone answer?

Hello uchiha itache,

Please be patient when waiting for a response. We reply as soon as we can to questions but we are a small team here operating a service entirely free of charge. If a comment is particularly long (as yours is) then it can take a while before we can answer it.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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