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What does what mean?


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September 20, 2015 4:29PM

"What" is the interrogative question that asks for a thing with given identity or aspects, e.g. "What is the result?" "What is the color of the house?"

"What" may also ask for the verb identity to a given activity, e.g. "What happened to the car?" "What was the man doing?"

Other than applied to a title or name ("What name was drawn?"), the corresponding interrogative for persons (or anthropomorphisms) is "who". "What" normally applies only to non-human living things and inanimate objects.