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Which is correct:

Which websites do report unbiased news about Iran?

or

Which websites report unbiased news about Iran?

  • You don't need support do. Interrogative determiner "which" marks the clause as interrogative. – BillJ May 14 '18 at 14:07
  • @BillJ is it "report" or "reports" in the second ? – Ahmad May 14 '18 at 14:10
  • The subject is the plural NP "which websites", so the verb must be the plural "report". – BillJ May 14 '18 at 14:12
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    @BillJ The issue is more that we don't use Subject-Auxiliary inversion when the interrogative phrase (here which websites) is the subject of the sentence, isn't it? You would need do if the question was which website do people like in Iran?, for example - even though which already marks the clause as interrogative! :) – Araucaria May 14 '18 at 14:30
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    I'm aware of that. My comment concerned the OP's specific example, nothing more. – BillJ May 14 '18 at 18:42
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  1. Which websites (do) report unbiased news about Iran?
  2. Which websites (do) people read in Iran?

Here's a test to decide if you need an auxiliary verb to make a particular question.

Write out a full answer to your question using "XYZ" to represent the missing information:

  1. XYZ websites report unbiased news about Iran.
  2. People read XYZ websites in Iran.

If the phrase XYZ is the first phrase in the answer, then you don't need to swap the Subject and the auxiliary verb in the question. So if there is no auxiliary, you don't need to insert the verb DO.

If the phrase XYZ isn't the first phrase in the answer, as with example (2), then you do need to swap the Subject and the auxiliary. If there is no auxiliary in the answer, you will need to insert the auxiliary verb DO.

The normal question forms for examples (1) and (2) are therefore:

  1. Which websites report unbiased news about Iran?
  2. Which websites do people read in Iran?

It does not matter if the question word is which or who or whose.


Grammar Note

The reason this test works is that we don't use Subject-auxiliary inversion (we don't swap the Subject and the auxiliary), if the wh- question word is the Subject of the sentence, or part of the Subject of the sentence. Because Subjects come first in normal declarative sentences, the phrase XYZ, will always come at the beginning of the answer if it is the Subject (or part of the Subject).

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