Having no amount of choices and hence availing of "what" we can ask:

1) What flamethrower do you want?

Having some listed amount we will use "which":

2) Which one of these flamethrowers do you want?

If we have no listed quantity for the alive figure:

3) Who do you want to help to?

Having that it will be "which" or still "who":

4) Who of them will be sent a present by her to?

5) Which of them will be sent a present by her to?

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    Only your first two sentences are grammatical. Feb 16, 2019 at 3:44

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As the first two are correct, I will fix your last three.

Who do you want to help to? Incorrect

Who do you want to help? Correct

Who of them will be sent a present by her to? Incorrect

Who (among them) will receive a present from her? Correct

  • "among them" is optional, so you can omit it.

Which of them will be sent a present by her to? Incorrect

Which one of them will receive a present from her? Correct

You can also restructure the last two sentences like this:

Whom will she send a present to? Correct


To whom will she send a present? Correct

A side note, "alive figure" is a strange thing to refer to humans/people by. Say something like human/person instead.

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    Example 2 : they are not sending her the present, she is choosing who, amongst them, will receive the present.
    – Solar Mike
    Feb 16, 2019 at 6:13
  • 1) But isn't "help" like "tell", "give", "call" like: tell TO somebody, give TO somebody, call TO somebody and help TO somebody. Otherwise it will be: I will tell you(I am addressing to a story, book, novel). Like, hey, book, I have a friend who wants to now you, and I know your plot and I will tell you (to him). Saying "I tell you"(addressing to a person) sounds stupid. 2) "Who of them will receive a present from her" is already incorrect, too because of "of them"? 3) If we can say "He is sent for" why can't we say "he is sent a doctor for" and then "he was sent a present to"? Feb 16, 2019 at 9:18
  • But I mean this: 1) What apple do you want? 2) I have two pies. Which pie(or which one) do you want? 3) What person do you know? 4) I have 3 friends. Who OR which person do you know? I mean we can use "what" and "which" for things depending on the fact if we have some limited amount. But if we have some limited amount for people we still use "which" or it will be only "who" because "which" is only for things? Feb 16, 2019 at 9:21
  • 1-) "Help", "Tell", "Give", and "Call" aren't followed by the preposition "To" and, indeed, they sound a bit strange when they are in the present simple tense. So, I have put them in different tenses to give you the feeling of their normal nature without the "To". We say: "I have told him many times to call her by her name." "I will help you getting over this dilemma, and I am giving you some examples." This one in the present simple: "We tell them what they want to hear." Another thing, you don't say: "I tell you." but "I am telling you." Feb 16, 2019 at 11:47
  • 2-) Yes, it is incorrect but not because of them but because of its current structure which happened to include them. 3-) Actually, ending sentences with prepositions is something a lot of natives don't approve. Also, when you say: "He is sent a doctor for." It would be understood as there was someone who sent him a doctor which is weird. Say instead: "He was sent to see a doctor." Or better: "He went to see a doctor." I'm not very sure of the intended meaning, so clarifying that would help me in my explanation. Feb 16, 2019 at 11:58

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