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Does this have any problem? When asking about someone broke the window, aren't there occasions to say this? "Who was broken the window by?"
Oct 13, 2018 3:08 PM
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"Who was broken the window by?" makes no sense at all. If you re-order the words, you'll get "Who was the window broken by?", which is correct but unnatural.This is the kind of sentence that only exists in grammar books. Chapter x : Passives. It's technically correct, but we'd never say it. In the real world, we'd say "Who broke the window?".
October 13, 2018
Who broke the window? if you're talking about the person (more normal), or Who was the window broken by? if you're talking about the window.
October 13, 2018
Thank you! :)
October 13, 2018
We would never say this in English. By far the most common way to say this is "who broke the window?"
October 13, 2018
Who broke the window? Who has broken the window? Who was the window broken by? Thanks.
October 13, 2018
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