Whose dictionaries these are?


Whose dictionaries are these?


Whose these dictionaries are?

I'm so confused

  • Consider the statement He told me something, then replace something with a longer phrase having the same syntactic role: He told me whose these books are (or more naturally, ...whose books these are). Note that the verb in that extended element (are) comes after the relevant noun (these). That's the same as a straightforward subject/verb sequence such as These [books] are good. To form a question in English, we invert that sequence: Are these [books] good? Same with your example: Whose dictionaries are these? – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Jan 29 at 15:49

We use whose to ask a question about possession.

The position of the subject is the usual one in the interrogative form. It comes after the first verb.

Affirmative: These are our dictionaries.

these - subject / are - verb / our dictionaries - complement

Question 1: Are these our dictionaries?

Question 2: Whose dictionaries are these?

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