How should I phrase this question?


Who produces the most light?  The LAMP or the LAMPLIGHTER


A friend tells me that I can't use "WHO" because "who" is not a person.

Phrase asked Jun 23 '12 at 18:33 Ray Saenz New member

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Who is only used when you are talking about a person.  What or which are used when asking about things.  A lamplighter is either a tool used to light lamps or a person who lights lamps, so one of your choices may be a person.  The lamp, though, is an inanimate object and cannot be referred to as a who.


The possible answers should also be part of the sentence, with the question mark at the end.


Which produces the most light, the lamp or the lamplighter?


(This question seems to invite an argument over the definition of how light is produced.)


link comment answered Jun 23 '12 at 18:49 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

I agree with Ms. Patty T.

When we have choice in the question "Which" is used.

link comment answered Jun 24 '12 at 02:24 Rahul Gupta Expert

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