Why are the word orders of the questions wrong and in what way I can ask the same question (rephrase)?

  1. To what tense I can refer this sentence?
  2. To whom I can give an apple?


1 Answer 1


In interrogative questions, an auxiliary verb precedes the subject. It's called subject-auxiliary inversion(or subject-operator inversion if you follow LGSWE).

So it should be

To what tense can I refer this sentence?

To whom can I give an apple?

Those contructions are rather formal, the casual way to rephrase it is

What tense can I refer this sentence to?

Who can I give an apple to?


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