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Shouldn't it be 'who the Prime Minister should be'? Options
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:06:01 PM
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The opposition has yet to name its nominee for Prime Minister

The opposition coalition also struggled to determine who should be Prime Minister should they win the coming election.

Shouldn't it be 'who the Prime Minister should be'? If not, what is the reason?

Thanks.

Hope123
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 2:48:33 PM

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Elaine,

Either way is correct.

Equality is when you see a person - not a label.
thar
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 3:02:50 PM

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They determined he should be Prime Minister

Or

They determined who should be Prime Minister
They determined why she was the best choice.
They determined what to do next.
They determined where to have dinner! Whistle
Audiendus
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 7:49:45 PM
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Thar,

I have a query of my own here.

thar wrote:
They determined he should be Prime Minister

Or

They determined who should be Prime Minister
They determined why she was the best choice.
They determined what to do next.
They determined where to have dinner! Whistle

However:

They determined (that) that should be their strategy.
They determined (that) May 6th should be the date of the election.

Or

They determined what their strategy should be.
They determined what the date of the election should be.

But not:

They determined what should be their strategy.
They determined what should be the date of the election.


Can you think of a clear way of explaining to a non-native speaker why the last two don't work, but "They determined who should be Prime Minister" is OK? (Similarly, we can say "Who should be Prime Minister?" but not normally "What should be the date of the election?") The constructions look similar on the face of it, but the placing of subject and subject complement is different.

Any simple explanations?
Islami
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 12:54:28 AM
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Respected teachers, Why Prime Minister shouldn't be 'the Prime Minister' in the above discussion? Please let me know.
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