To ask a question about the subject of a sentence, the word order is exactly the same as the word order for a statement. The form of the verb is exactly the same too.

Look at this statement:

[s]:Subject, [v]:Verb

[s] Jay [v] met Kali at the station.

Now look at these two questions and answers:


[Q] Who did Jay meet?
[A] Kali (not the subject)

[Q] Who met Kali?
[A] Jay (the subject)

In the second sentence, we are asking about the subject of the sentence. Here are some more examples of subject questions:

Something happened in the waiting room.
What happened in the waiting room?

Someone knows a lot about chiropractry.
Who knows a lot about chiropractry?

Someone's writing is the best.
Whose writing is the best?

Some students are leaving on Monday.
Which students are leaving on Monday?

Hundreds of workers have been given a pay raise.
How many workers have been given a pay raise?

NOTICE: We do not use when or where in subject questions.

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Exercise 10.1