In a test, they told us to rewrite sentences into questions. One case specified that the word to ask about is the object. I found difficulties transforming the following

My mother taught me good manners.

into a question asking about the word me.

My answer was :

Whose mother did teach good manners to?

  • This is a crazy question in a sense. The direct object of the first sentence is me but because of the my that is part of the subject, you can't really make a grammatical question from 'me' with the same interpretation. Who did my mother teach good manners? is a grammatical question but its answer can't really be "me". If it was Who did Bill's mother teach good manners then that could be answered by "me". – Alan Munn Jan 10 '16 at 0:40
  • Of course if the test thought that good manners was the object of the verb then the question should be What did my mother teach me?. Since a common (but wrong) definition of "object" is "receiver of the action", this might have been what the test intended. – Alan Munn Jan 10 '16 at 0:42
  • They explicitly said to ask about me – Jonas Jan 10 '16 at 0:44
  • What you've tried to do I think, is, assuming that me is the object, but because my is also connected to me you've asked the question from the my. This is smart because it avoids the problem I brought up in my first comment. So the only problem then, is that you haven't got the syntax quite right. It should be Whose mother taught me good manners? (But I suspect this is not what the test was looking for.) – Alan Munn Jan 10 '16 at 0:45
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    It's hard to tell what kinds of answers the test is assuming are correct. Unfortunately I don't think this kind of question is appropriate for this site. – Alan Munn Jan 10 '16 at 0:55

My mother taught me good manners.

The original sentence has two objects: "me" and "good manners." "Good manners" is the direct object. "Me" is the indirect object.

Therefore, depending on which object you use, you can form two questions:

-What did my mother teach me?

-Whom did my mother teach good manners to? (To whom did my mother teach good manners?)

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