WHICH | WHOSE + subject noun + verb (questions)

In the English Grammar Profile, in the category of CLAUSES, at B1, in the comments:

There are no examples in the whole CLC of ‘which/whose’ + subject noun + verb e.g. ‘Which horse won? Whose phone rang?’

EXPERT EXAMPLES:

And at the time I was pretty offendedbecause whose grandmother calls them that?

TED

 

Which players improved the most since last season?

Chicago Sun-Times

 


It is strange when the EGP claims that all the grammar is based on empirical evidence of what is at what level.  The examples above have lexical verbs, but it is not stated whether that is the key to this point.  It is also very hard to locate questions on iWeb.  There is actually nothing that follows the pattern exactly as significant on iWeb either.  For example, a search for

. Whose _n* _vv* ? returns almost nothing, and it is the same if we substitute ‘which’.

But we can look for collocates up to 5 spaces to the right of ‘whose’ for example:

1 ? 1070
2 IDEA 174

Whose idea was it to go straight?

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3 FAULT 152
4 SIDE 117
5 SAY 86
6 NAME 78
7 ANYWAY 60
8 SINS 48
9 RESPONSIBILITY 48
10 JOB 40

However, all the examples lack lexical verbs.

We can also do step by step search with spaces (with up to 4 wild cards). Very rare still!

1 . WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON? 43


2 . WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? 7

1 . WHOSE FAULT IS THAT? 34


2 . WHOSE IDEA WAS THAT? 21


3 . WHOSE FAULT IS IT ? 19
4 . WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS ? 15
5 . WHOSE FAULT IS THIS ? 11
6 . WHOSE FAULT WAS IT ? 10
7 . WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT ? 10

1 . WHOSE IS IT ? 10


2 . WHOSE WAS IT ? 8
3 . WHOSE WITH ME ? 5 (this is incorrect English. It should be => ‘Who is with me?’

. Which _nn* _v*

1 . WHICH ONES ARE 362
2 . WHICH STATEMENT IS 281
3 . WHICH ONES DO 190
4 . WHICH WAY IS 164
5 . WHICH WAY DO 126
6 . WHICH STARS ARE 108

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