LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/JAN/2008 9:45 PM|
Why do we say ' Who ate the cake ?' instead of 'Who did eat the cake?'
The interrogative pronoun "who" when is the subject of the sentence doesn't use the auxiliary "do" in the question.
1-Who as subject:(no auxiliary, just replacement)
Whoate the cake?
Jrate the cake.
Who's coming to the party?
Jris coming to the pary.
2-Who/Whom as object:(use auxiliary)
The distinction between "who" and "whom" has significantly eroded in American English.
You'll often hear "who" for "whom", when it's used as the object of a verb.
So when we se:
Who did you invite to the party, should be:
-Whom did you invite to the party? [whom = object of "invite"]
I invitedJr to the party. [Jr = object of "invite"]
Jras subject = who
Jras object = Whom
Who do you trust?
I trust Jr [Jr = object of "trust"
Therefore the correct sentence is:
-Whom do you trust?
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