I have to say " who came when, where, how"

how should i write it, can I use when/where/how in a single sentence?

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.

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Of course you may use multiple interrogative pronouns in a sentence:

Who came to the meeting, when and where was the meeting was held, why wasn't I informed, and how did everyone manage to keep me in the dark?

But the particular wording, type of parallelism, and emphasis all depend on your particular situation, of which we know nothing.

  • Thank you very much. Is it correct to say? "Who came? When, where, and how, it is the task of Government to know. Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 8:43
  • You've spliced two sentences together, starting with "When." Whether you could say something close to this depends on the formality of the situation and the audience you're addressing. Notice that you're not using "when," "where," and "how" as interrogative pronouns, since they're not in a question.
    – deadrat
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 8:48
  • Then how should I say it? I'm really greatful to you , sir. Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 9:00

I don't think you can in English. It would probably be written:

"Who came? When, where, and how?"

  • Yes you could say When, where, how and why did he come? But who is the odd man out and more difficult to accommodate. I suppose you could say When, where, why and how did who come? but I think it would be stretching things a bit.
    – WS2
    Commented Jul 28, 2015 at 8:55

In embedded questions—especially when talking and asking about confusing situations—we can have multiple interrogatives in a single sentence.

What we have seen in Chinese can also be easily seen to obtain in Japanese and English. Take the paradigm (21) in English, for example:

a. Who remembers where we bought what?
b. Who remembers where we met who?
c. *Who remembers what we bought why?
d. *Who remembers what we bought how?

Also the paradigm in (22):

a. Who bought what?
b. Which man pleased which woman?
c. *Who bought the books why?
d. *Who bought the books how? Between Syntax and Semantics

This rule-bound embedding isn't the typical way we request multiple pieces of information when bringing up a topic, which the OP is asking about. However, it can be used when asking for clarification.

That was the most convoluted movie plot I've ever seen! Do you know who stole what from whom and why?

This would require quite a few individual questions to unpack, and the why spans all, or at least more than one of the others.

What objects were stolen?
Who stole each?
Who was each object stolen from?
Why did A steal B from C?
Why did C steal D from A?

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