What are the WH question words?
In this lesson, you will learn question words in more detail to have a greater understanding of when and how they are used.
In the English language, there are “Yes/No” questions and “Wh-” questions.
Question words are also called “wh-” questions because these words include the letters ‘W’ and ‘H’.
Wh- questions start with what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how. You use them to ask for information. The answer cannot be yes or no for those questions.
☞ Where are you from? – Yes, I am. (wrong)
|Question Word||Function||Example Sentence|
|what||asking for information about something||What is her name?|
|asking for repetition or confirmation||-What? I can’t understand you.|
-He did what?
|what…for||asking for a reason, asking why||What did you do that for?|
|when||asking about time||When did she come?|
|where||asking in or at what place or position||Where do you live?|
|which||asking about choice||Which book do you want?|
|who||asking what or which person or people (subject)||Who opened the window?|
|whom||asking what or which person or people (object)||Whom did you call?|
|whose||asking about ownership||-Whose are these shoes?|
-Whose turn is it?
|why||asking for reason, asking what…for||Why do you talk like this?|
|why don’t||making a suggestion||Why don’t you help me?|
|how||asking about manner||How does it work?|
|asking about condition or quality||How was your exam?|
How Question Words
How – Asking for a way, manner or form. For example: How does it work?, How can I go?
|How many||Asking about quantity||How many people were there?|
|Used with countable nouns||How many apples on the table?|
|How often||asking about frequency||How often do you visit your mother?|
|How far||asking about distance||How far is gas station from here?|
|How long||asking about length (time or space)||Where do you live?|
|How much||asking about quantity|
used with uncountable nouns
|How much money do you have?|
How much sugar is in an apple?
|How old||asking about age||How old is Queen Elizabeth?|