Attending someone else [what or where?]

Tenacious Learner

Senior Member
Spanish
Hi teachers,
Context- Peter has just arrived at the driving school.
Secretary: Your instructor is attending someone else at the moment.
Question:
Are both possible? It sounds that a 'what' is most definitely correct than a 'where' because in the answer we have an action, but somehow the 'where' also sounds possible. Is that so?

a) What was his instructor doing when Peter arrived at the school?
b) Where was his instructor when Peter arrived at the school?
Attending someone else.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • Beryl from Northallerton

    Senior Member
    British English
    Since we can't infer the location of the driving instructor at the time of Peter's arrival, it seems unfair to ask as to his whereabouts. All we are told is that the instructor is busy.

    Q.What was the instructor doing when Peter arrived at the school? A.The instructor was attending to someone else.

    Q.Where was the instructor when Peter arrived at the school? A.No idea. :)
     
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