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Question words

What is a Question Word?

  • Question word is often called wh-words that can be used to ask questions.
  • Words like who, which, what, where, who, whose, and why are question words.
  • They are termed as ‘wh’ questions because in all the questions words W and h are included.
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1)How

The word ‘how’ which is an adverb is used when you want to know to what extent.

Examples:

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Different Usage of ‘How’ in Sentences

  1. We use ‘how’ to use in measurements or amounts.

    Examples:

    1. How old is your granny?
    2. How often do you go shopping?
    3. How much does this cost?
  2. The word ‘how’ is also used in indirect questions.

    Examples:

    1. I wonder how they do it so fast?
    2. I don’t know how she will do it?
  3. The word ‘how’ is also used in exclamations.
    The ‘wh’ question word is also used before adjectives, adverbs, and verb phrases.

    Examples:

    1. How beautiful!
    2. How cheap!
    3. How we just love this place!

2)What

  • What’ is a wh-word that is used to ask the questions as a subject or pronoun.
  • The word ‘what’ is also used to ask questions about things or people.
  • We can use ‘what’ with exclamations to express strong feelings or opinions.

Examples:

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3)When

When is a wh question word. We use ‘when’ to enquire about the time of something happens.

Examples:

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4)Where?

The word ‘Where’ is a question word. We use ‘where’ to ask for information about the place.

Examples:

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5)Which?

The word ‘Which’ is a question word. We use ‘which’ to ask for specific information.

Examples:

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6)Who ?

The word ‘Who’ is used to ask asking which person or people.(subject)

Examples:

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7)Whom?

We use ‘whom’ more commonly in formal writing to enquire which people or person.

Examples:

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8)Whose ?

The word ‘Whose’ is a wh-word that is used ask a question about ownership.

Examples:

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9)Why?

Why is a wh question word .it is used to talk about reasons and explanations.

Examples:

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Common Mistakes:

  1. Be careful not to use ‘when’ instead of ‘if’.

    Examples:

    1. If you arrive too late you are not allowed.
    2. When you arrive late you are not allowed.
  2. Do not be confused with whose and who.

    Examples:

    1. Whose colors are lying here? (who does the color belong to?)
    2. Who’s driving us home? (who is driving us back home?)
    3. Who’s there.
    4. Whose there.
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