Ex. What kind of fool am I?

Ex. Whose sister is she?

In these questions, I understand that there is a noun or noun phrase connected by the verb "to be" to another noun.

what + kind of fool + are + you

whose + sister + is + she

In these sentences, where is the subject? And what is the other noun?

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    In your first example, "you" is the subject and the interrogative NP "what kind of fool" is predicative complement. In the second, "she" is subject and the interrogative NP "whose sister" is predicative complement. "What" and "whose" are interrogative determinatives. – BillJ Apr 15 at 17:53
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    Where is "am" being used? – Hot Licks Apr 15 at 20:46
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    @HotLicks Presumably What Kind of Fool am I? {Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse, covers by Sammy Davis Jr, Shirley Bassey and lots of other people} – BoldBen Apr 15 at 22:19
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    @BoldBen "Am" doesn't appear above, and what the OP means is unclear. – Hot Licks Apr 15 at 23:52
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    @Karl As others have commented on, why did you use "am" in the title, but "is" and "are" in the question? I think you should edit the title, replacing "is" with "be". – BillJ Apr 16 at 17:24

First consider a statement, not a question.

She is Tom's sister.

The subject is she

Put it in question form:

Whose sister is she?

The subject is still she

What kind of fool am I?

The subject is I

How old are you?

The subject is you

Where is Yellowstone?

The subject is Yellowstone

  • If this is too simplistic to need supporting references for answers, how is it suitable for ELU? – Edwin Ashworth Apr 19 at 18:43

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