Who is he? or What is he?

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libroteque
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Who is he? or What is he?

Post by libroteque » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:58 am

I am finishing the text and one sentence looks problematic. I am not sure if I can use this when asking about hidden qualities of a known person: "What was that man really?" meaning that I want to learn more about him. But my colleague insists that I should use "Who was that man actually? ". The person's name is known and leaves no doubts. Should I use What? or Who? here? Can anyone help with this?

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Re: Who is he? or What is he?

Post by Safari » Tue Mar 31, 2020 6:35 am

libroteque wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:58 am
I am finishing the text and one sentence looks problematic. I am not sure if I can use this when asking about hidden qualities of a known person: "What was that man really?" meaning that I want to learn more about him. But my colleague insists that I should use "Who was that man actually? ". The person's name is known and leaves no doubts. Should I use What? or Who? here? Can anyone help with this?
I believe that "What was that man really?" is what you need.

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Re: Who is he? or What is he?

Post by libroteque » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:51 pm

Thank you, Safari. You really helped to solve this.

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