I want to make wh question from the sentence "John had lunch".

I want to know which is correct:

1- Who had lunch?

2- Who did have lunch?

  • What is wh question for you? Please explain: what,who,which, when – Lambie Aug 1 '19 at 14:06
  • Who, I explained that in the next line! – Pouya Esmaili Aug 1 '19 at 14:14
  • So, you want to create a sentence with the pronoun who. A wh question is inaccurate. – Lambie Aug 1 '19 at 14:16

Two distinct questions can be formed here:

  1. "Who had lunch?" This is a straightforward question, given no other context than wanting to know who had lunch.

    Alice: Who had lunch?

    Bob: John had lunch.

  2. "Who did have lunch?" This question requires an initial premise suggesting that fewer people had lunch than were expected. In speech, did would be emphasised.

    Bob: Not many people had lunch, most people just chatted amongst themselves.

    Alice: Who did have lunch?

    Bob: John had lunch.

Both are correct, depending on the context.

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  • did here is an auxiliary used for emphasis. But I agree with your answer. – Lambie Aug 1 '19 at 14:17

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