which whose interogatives

which whose interogatives

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?’

This is strange when they claim that all the grammar is based on empirical evidence of what is at what level.  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
3 FAULT 152
4 SIDE 117
5 SAY 86
6 NAME 78
7 ANYWAY 60
8 SINS 48
9 RESPONSIBILITY 48
10 JOB 40

Which is not really reliable to find with questions.

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?’

1 . WHOSE FAULT ? 4

The closest questions we can find, but not following the EGP example:Which

1 . WHICH IS IT ? 600
2 . WHICH IS CORRECT ? 312
3 . WHICH IS BETTER ? 297
4 . WHICH IS BEST ? 87
5 . WHICH IS RIGHT ? 86
6 . WHICH ARE YOU ? 77
7 . WHICH IS WHICH ? 63
8 . WHICH IS TRUE ? 58
9 . WHICH IS WORSE ? 49

or

. 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

So this post is highly questionable with its ambiguity stemming from the EGP.

The types of examples we have been able to show seem to also be defined as A2:

4 QUESTIONS ‘wh-‘words + main verb ‘be’ + subject to form ‘wh-‘ questions.

How_RRQ was_VBDZ your_APPGE dinner_NN1 yesterday_RT ?_?
How_RRQ are_VBR you_PPY ,_, my_APPGE friend_NN1 ?_?
Where_RRQ are_VBR you_PPY ,_, men_NN2 ?_?

However, there are no examples of ‘which’ or ‘whose’ given either.

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