LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||12/OUT/2008 1:20 AM|
|Assunto:||Re: What como sujeito da oração - para o Lil|
To the crux of the matter; square one again.
See this, that I borrowed from BBC site.
I hope this clarifies the DID part a little more, I recognize that it is an ample
issue that requires one search a little and get acquainted with verbs and his objects (or the lack of it )
BBC ASK_'What happened_VS_'What did happen'
Fatih from Turkey asks:
Thanks for your question! To find out the answer, we need to understand the difference between subject questions (questions about the subject of a sentence) and object questions (questions about the object of a sentence).
Look at this sentence:
A question about the object would be: What did William Shakespeare write?
The answer – 'Hamlet' is the object of the verb write.
A question about the subject would be:
And the answer is 'William Shakespeare': the subject of the verb 'wrote'.
So when the question is about the object , we use an auxiliary verb and an infinitive:
But when the question is about the subject, we use the verb in the correct tense without an auxiliary:
Now let's look at your examples:
Is the word what asking a question about the subject or object of the verb happen? Let's imagine some possible answers to the question – using the verb happen, of course. Which ones are grammatically correct?
Something happened to me.
The second example you give – What did happen? – is grammatically incorrect. However, if you are making a yes/no question, you need an auxiliary, so a yes/no question about the subject could be:
Did anything happen?
But we would not normally say What did happen?
Thanks for your question, Fatih!
But don´t worry if you don´t grasp the whole thing at first, we are here to this purpose. To help one another.
And we learn in the process, be sure.
No question is dull, when somebody has some doubt it´s a good sign, that of one´s learning.
The greater nightmare of good teachers is after having made the famous "any questions?" and the entire class says NO!
In general, the master knows they are dealing with are a group of liars and when the exam is dropped in his desk they don´t know a thing about it.
So, feel free to ask anytime. If one participant don´t know, other certainly do.
If you don´t make sense of someone´s post, certainly by reading other side/view of the question you are going to understand.
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