"Was it your father who made these bookshelves?"
"Were these bookshelves made by your father?"
I've been constructing questions (and statements) in the former way quite a lot.
But, I'm having doubts... Is this correct? I'm not sure if I've ever heard (or seen) such a sentence from anyone else (than me)... and it seems too similar to how I'd ask this in my native language (Polish)... so, I wonder, if I didn't unknowingly literately "autotranslate" this question from Polish to English... with the result being either artificial or outright incorrect.
Thus, may I ask if it is true that:
- The former sentence is incorrect, only the latter one is correct;
- The former sentence is correct, but sounds artificial in English; only the latter sentence should normally be used;
- Both sentences are correct and sound naturally; the difference between these two sentences is that they stress slightly different things?