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'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person'



 
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'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person' #1 (permalink) Mon Aug 03, 2009 16:00 pm   'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person'
 

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ESL/EFL Test #93 "Why Questions", question 9

......... was the youngest person to be elected President of the United States?

(a) Which
(b) What
(c) Where
(d) Who

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #93 "Why Questions", answer 9

Who was the youngest person to be elected President of the United States?

Correct answer: (d) Who

Your answer was: incorrect
What was the youngest person to be elected President of the United States?
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Hey there.
Why can't i use "what" in this case?
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'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person' #2 (permalink) Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:59 am   'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person'
 

We do not use 'what' to refer to a person.
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'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person' #3 (permalink) Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:45 am   'Who was the youngest person' vs 'What was the youngest person'
 

Hi Honorfield,

If you wanted to use 'what', you would have to say: What was the name of ...?

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Thanks #4 (permalink) Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:58 am   Thanks
 

Thanks guys!
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