Question Words in English | Grammar Rules & Examples

We use Question Words to form questions and ask for information. 

List of Question Words in English

Who

  • Ask about person
  • Act as subject of the sentence

Examples:

Who is that woman?

Whom

  • Ask about person
  • Act as the object of the sentence

Example:

Whom did you see?

Whose

  • Asking about ownership

Example:

Whose are these keys?

Where

  • Asking in or at what place or position

Examples:

Where do you live?

Where are my boots?

When

  • Asking about time, occasion, moment

Examples:

When did you last see him?

When can I see you?

Why

  • Asking for a reason, explanation

Examples:

Why were you late?

Why was he late?

Why don’t

  • Making a suggestion

Example:

Why don’t you take a nap?

What

  • Asking for a specific thing, object

Examples:

What‘s the matter?

What time is it?

What kind of music do you like?

What…for

  • Asking for a reason, asking why

Example:

What did you do that for?

Which

Asking about choice

Examples:

Which is better exercise – swimming or tennis?

Which of the applicants has got the job?

How

  • Asking for a way, manner, form

Examples:

How does it work?

How do you go to school?

How much

  • Asking about quantity or price
  • Used with uncountable nouns

Example:

How much are those earrings?

How many

  • Asking about quantity
  • Used with countable nouns

Example:

How many people were there?

How often

  • Asking about frequency

Example:

How often do you go swimming?

How far

  • Asking about distance

Example:

How far is it from your house to your school?

How old

  • Asking about age

Example:

How old are you?

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