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Autor:  orlando
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Data:  26/JAN/2008 9:45 PM
Assunto:  Using Who.

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)

Who ate the cake?

Jr ate the cake.

Who's coming to the party?

Jr is 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 invited Jr to the party. [Jr = object of "invite"]

Jr as subject = who

Jr as 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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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Using Who.  –  Jr  22/JAN/2008, 9:04 AM
Using Who.  –  Lincoln  22/JAN/2008, 9:58 PM
Using Who.  –  Lincoln  22/JAN/2008, 10:02 PM
Using Who.  –  Dale/CR  22/JAN/2008, 10:20 PM
Using Who.  –  orlando  22/JAN/2008, 10:28 PM
Using Who.  –  Jr  25/JAN/2008, 2:05 PM
Using Who.  –  jr  25/JAN/2008, 2:30 PM
Using Who.  –  Lincoln  22/JAN/2008, 10:30 PM
Using Who.   –  Lincoln  24/JAN/2008, 8:28 PM
Using Who.   –  Jr  25/JAN/2008, 1:59 PM
Using Who.   –  jr  25/JAN/2008, 2:26 PM
 Using Who.   –  orlando  26/JAN/2008, 9:45 PM

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