In japanese the sentence "what do you like to do?" has the word what succeeded by the particle "o" which marks direct objects, meaning for japaneses "what" is the direct object of this sentence. Is this the same in english? Yes/No - Why?

  • Pardon me but I didn't get you! Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 15:09
  • Which is the direct object of "what do you like to do?" in english? Is "what" just like in japanese?
    – Pablo
    Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 15:10
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    Yes, 'what' can be analyzed as a direct object. Read this for more info. Commented Jun 30, 2017 at 15:23
  • I assume you mean the Japanese "what do you want to do?" and not "what do you like to do?" The Japanese for "to like" does not take the particle "wo".
    – Andrew
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 0:54

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In a question, the direct object may be the interrogative pronoun what, which, or whom. It cannot be where, how, or when. They are adverbs. Sometimes it helps to keep all the words in the sentence and turn it into a declarative sentence. (English Grammar 101)

  • What do you like to do? - You like to do what. (The direct object is what)
  • Notice that I'm not sure why they say "which" is an interrogative pronoun, when actually I doubt it is one. Commented Jul 4, 2017 at 6:41

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