Sometimes I wish to know what each person in a group of people did, or where each person went, or which book goes where. Is it correct to say,

  • Who went where?
  • Who did what?
  • Who told whom?
  • Which book goes where?

If not, what is the grammatical way of framing such questions?

  • It's perfectly all right. There can be many interrogatives in a question, but only one can be the first interrogative, signalling the question. The others remain in place. Commented May 20, 2013 at 15:43
  • 'Who wrote what on whose what?' appears famously in 1066 and All That - this is stretching things a little far. Commented May 20, 2013 at 18:27
  • The following appears here on EL&U for the very first time: "Who did what to whom--and where and when and how and why?" The words in quotation marks summarize neatly what a professor of Criminology 101 might say to his class of detective wannabies on the first day of class! Commented May 21, 2013 at 13:00
  • Haha. Thanks for the comments everyone. That settles a major doubt of mine.
    – Enigman
    Commented May 21, 2013 at 20:13

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All four are grammatically correct.

The comments are good here, but I wish people would put answers in the answers section because the question remains unanswered even though the OP has the answer(s) in the comments!

  • Good point about answers and comments. The moderators have told me in the past that my questions are more like comments! To each his or her own. Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 3:12

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