I was wondering why it isn't the following: "Who knows Peter?" How can you tell from the word order?
I don't think that it has anything to do with the word order. In "Who knows Peter", "who" would be the subject and Peter the accusative. But in the example the -t suffix after ki (kit) makes it clear that "kit" is the accusative in this sentence and not the subject.
Because the word needs to be "whom." Think of it this way: If you can answer with "him" it is whom, if you can put in "he" it is "who."
In this example it would be "Whom does Peter know?" "Peter knows him."
Yes, it does, but the english (colloquial) language is a bit sloppy with those two words ;-)
Who? = Ki?
example: Ki megy a házba? = Who goes into the house?
Whom? = Kit?
example: Kit ismersz? / Kit ismertek? / Kit ismer? = Whom do you know? (single you / plural you / formal you)
Ah I see! The "t" indicates the accusative case, and whom is supposed to be the accusative form of who. Thank you!