Who saw you ...? Who did you see ?

Unit 42. Questions (2): Who saw you ...? Who did you see?

Fred saw Julia.
 
Who saw Julia? Fred.
 
Who did Fred see? Julia.


 

Unit 42. Questions (2): Who saw you ...? Who did you see?

  • In these questions who or what is the subject:

- Who lives in that house? (= Somebody lives there- who?) ( not ‘Who does live ...?’)
- What happened? (= Something happened-what?) ( not ‘What did happen?’)
- What`s (= What is) burning?
- Who`s got (= Who has got) my key?

  • In these questions who or what is the object:

- Who did you meet yesterday? (= You met somebody - who?)
- What did she say? (= She said something - what?)
- Who are you phoning?
- What was he wearing?
 
Compare:

- George likes eggs.

 → 

Who likes eggs? George.
What does George like? Eggs.

- Jill won some money.

Who won some money? Jill.
What did Jill win? Some money.

  • Use who for people (somebody), what for things, ideas etc. (something):
    • Who is your favourite singer?
      - What is your favourite song?