Which sentence is correct?

  • Who don't want to lend his umbrella?
  • What Paul doesn't want to lend?
  • What doesn't Paul want to lend?
  • Only one of those is grammatical, but the first one is saying something quite different from the others. – Nathan Tuggy Sep 28 '15 at 18:14
  • yes, I know the first is different, but is it correct? and the other ... which one is correct? ... if there is one correct ... – trisha Sep 28 '15 at 18:27
  • "What doesn't Paul want to lend?" Is the only grammatically correct sentence. The first sentence would be correct if "don't" was changed to "doesn't." – imkingdavid Sep 28 '15 at 18:39
  • Just to add to what I said, the second sentence could be correct, but mostly just in informal, conversational English, used as an answer to some specific question(s). However, this would be very uncommon. – imkingdavid Sep 28 '15 at 18:41
  • @tisha If you already know the basic of subject-verb agreements and how to form Yes/No questions, this answer to What causes X or What does cause X? should be helpful. – Damkerng T. Sep 28 '15 at 18:42

The first sentence should be:

Who wouldn't want to lend his umbrella?

The second one isn't a question. Its more like a statement about something that Paul doesn't want to lend.

What Paul doesn't want to lend.

And the third, is a rhetorical question. Its a question to which an answer is not expected. It means that Paul would lend everything that he owns.

What doesn't Paul want to lend?

  • Your correction for the first sentence does not mean the same thing. (I can't exactly describe the nuance in words). The second sentence isn't a real sentence - it's a fragment. – Nihilist_Frost Dec 15 '15 at 14:04
  • The third doesn't have to be rhetorical. It could simply be asking for clarification on the item(s) that Paul wishes to withhold or withdraw from circulation. – Lawrence Mar 11 '17 at 4:59

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