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Query Details

Query Subject:   English native speaker judgements required
Author:   Carsten Breul
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear native speakers of English

Would you please help me with your judgements on the
following 6 sentences? (As ratings I suggest 'acceptable'
or 'unacceptable' or 'cannot decide'.)

- ---

1. Who did you buy recently that beautiful picture of?

2. Of whom did you buy recently that beautiful picture?

3. In which park did you say there could be seen last week
that huge portrait of Chairman Mao?

4. Who did Bill purchase for last week an all expense
paid ticket to Europe?

5. I don't remember which of his sisters Bill bought for in
Europe a fourteenth-century gold ring.

6. This is the woman who Bill purchased from last week a
brand new convertible with red trim.

- ---

Thanks a lot for your help!

Dr. Carsten Breul
Englisches Seminar
Universitaet Bonn
Regina-Pacis-Weg 5
53113 Bonn

e-mail: c.breul@uni-bonn.de

LL Issue: 8.1555
Date posted: 29-Oct-1997


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