WH- Question words?

October 18, 2022 7:06 AM
Wh-questions begin with what, when, where, who, whom, which, whose, why and how. We use them to ask for information.
Definition : 

WH- question words are words that are used to ask who, what, where, when, why, and how questions. They are also sometimes called interrogative words.

Types : 

There are four main types of questions:

  • Who questions
  • What questions
  • When questions
  • Where questions.

1. Who questions ask for the subject of a sentence.


Who is your teacher?

Who are you?

2. What questions ask for the object of a sentence.


What did you eat for lunch?

What is your phone number?

3. When questions ask for the time of an event.


When is your birthday?

When will the store close?

4. Where questions ask for the location of something.


Where is your house?

Where is the cat?

There are also two other types of questions: why and how questions.

5. Why questions ask for the reason behind something.


Why are you sad?

Why did you go to the store?

6. How questions ask for the method used to do something.


How did you make that cake?

How can I get to the library?

SpeakoClub Tip : 

In order to form a question in English, you need to use one of the four main question words (who, what, when, where) or one of the two other question words (why, how) at the beginning of the sentence. You also need to use an auxiliary verb, such as “be” or “do.” 

Examples : 

Here are some examples of questions using different question words:

  • is that man?
  • What is your favorite color?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Where do you live?
  • Why are you sad?
  • How are you?
  • Who is your teacher?
  • What did you eat for lunch?
  • When is your birthday?
  • Where is your house?
  • Why are you sad?
  • How did you make that cake?

Conclusion : 

There are a number of question words that can be used to conclude a conversation or to ask for more information. 

These words are:

  • What
  • Why
  • How
  • When
  • Where
  • Who
  • Which