Given the sentence
That boy is running to his mother.
How can this be turned into an object-related question?
- To whom is that boy running?
- Whom to is that boy running?
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I am not 100% sure I even understand the question. I am guessing it is
How would we turn the sentence “The boy was running to his mother” into a question if the boy’s goal was unknown?
If that is the gist of the question, then
To whom was the boy running
is fine, but
Whom to the boy was running
is totally wrong.
When the interrogative pronoun is the object of a preposition, the inversion into a question does not affect the normal order of the prepositional phrase.
"To whom" because the fronted pronoun "whom" is preceded by the preposition.
The same pattern can been seen in other question forms:
The cat is sitting on the mat.
On what is the cat sitting?
In a sentence with a subject, direct object and indirect object, three questions can be formed:
John gave the ball to Peter.
To whom did John give the ball?
What did John give to Peter?
Who gave the ball to Peter?
But in standard, non-formal English, the question is constructed differently:
Who is that boy running to?