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Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:02:40 AM

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Should it be 'Who killed who' or 'Who killed whom'?

And is this one ok 'Who killed a dog of whom?'?
thar
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:15:26 AM

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If you are unsure, replace the interrogative pronoun with a personal pronoun.

You say:
She killed him.
Not
'She killed he'.


So the question, in 'correct' grammar, is:
Who killed whom?

[In colloquial speech, people will say 'who killed who?' because you can use the subject case sometimes where there is no preposition. But it is not considered correct for exams or writing. So I suggest you learn the correct version. That is never wrong.]

But with the second sentence, you would say
She killed his dog.
Not
She killed the dog of him.

So, you would ask
Who killed whose dog?
Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:20:01 AM

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Thank you very much thar.
Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:45:47 AM

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Now again, I have a doubt and could you please check if my two sentences below ok?

1. Who asked whose friend (about) how to get to whose house?
2. Who used whose gun to shot whom to death?
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:37:21 AM

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It would appear that you have 2 questions.
I finally have that off my chest.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:33:01 PM
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Aoronly -

The answer to your two questions is yep! Those are two perfectly fine sentences considering their complexity. They'd probably only be used in a humorous, or at least good-natured way. That's because though correct, they *sound* confusing (sort of like a grammar test!) with all those 'who', 'whose' etc. in them. So for a serious report or interview, we'd phrase it a little differently.

"Who did what to whom?" or "Who's doing what to whom?" used to be (and still is actually, in UK and Aust.) used as an idiom meaning "What's going on?" "What's happening?" - especially if you come in halfway through a movie.
TMe
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:38:43 PM

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Wilmar writes;


It would appear that you have 2 questions.
I finally have that off my chest.


Can any body explain, "
I finally have that off my chest.'
I am curious.Seriously.


I am a layman.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:58:30 PM
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No. But whatever it was, Wilmar got it off their chest.

That's all.
NKM
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 1:54:01 PM

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It seems that Wilmar had been tempted to complain that the original question was really two questions, not just one.

Now he's actually said it, so it no longer bothers him. That is, he is free of the burden: "He's got it off his chest."



Suppose that there's something you've wanted to say, but you've been refraining from saying it, perhaps for fear of hurting someone's feelings or getting yourself into trouble. The longer you hold it back, the more it bothers you. When you finally come out and actually say it, you feel relieved of that burden: You've "got it off your chest."

Luker4
Posted: Thursday, August 10, 2017 2:09:51 PM

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I like this thread, nice explanation provided by Thar as usual Applause





........and I am happy about Wilmar's relief too Liar
Aoronly Kwilai
Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 7:53:27 AM

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Thank you all very much for good explanation.
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