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What is this or who is this?


What is this or who is this?
Hello everyone!
Would you use who or what for a witch, a gost, a monster ...? 

4 Jul 2019      


In my opinion, it depends on the situation. 
If youŽre showing a picture book or a flashcard to your children, you ask "What is this?"
If youŽre interested in a person wearing a witch, ghost or monster costume, you use "Who", like this -
Who played the Wicked Witch in the original "The Wizard of Oz" movie?  

4 Jul 2019     

United States

IŽll add to KohaiŽs excellent answer.
If the intended answer is a name, then use "who". If the intended answer is a thing, use "what". 

4 Jul 2019     


Thank you very much! 

4 Jul 2019