In this section, we are going to look at question words in more detail to gain a greater understanding of when and how they are used.
List of Question Words
Learn a useful list of question words (Wh questions and How questions) with useful grammar rules, example sentences, video and ESL printable worksheets.
We use question words in English to form questions and ask for information.
Wh Questions List with Examples
Learn list of Wh Questions in English with functions and example sentences.
- Ask about person
- Act as subject of the sentence
- Example: Who is that woman?
- Ask about person
- Act as the object of the sentence
- Example: Whom did you see?
- Asking about ownership
- Example: Whose are these keys?
- Asking in or at what place or position
Where do you live?
Where are my boots?
- Asking about time, occasion, moment
When did you last see him?
When can I see you?
- Asking for a reason, explanation
Why were you late?
Why was he late?
- Making a suggestion
- Example: Why don’t you take a nap?
- Asking for a specific thing, object
What‘s the matter?
What time is it?
What kind of music do you like?
- Asking for a reason, asking why
- Example: What did you do that for?
- Asking about choice
Which is better exercise – swimming or tennis?
Which of the applicants has got the job?
“How questions” is used for asking for a way, manner, form
How does it work?
How do you go to school?
List of how questions in English with rules and examples.
How much Questions
- Asking about quantity or price
- Used with uncountable nouns
- Example: How much are those earrings?
How many Questions
- Asking about quantity
- Used with countable nouns
- Example: How many people were there?
How often Questions
- Asking about frequency
- Example: How often do you go swimming?
How far Questions
- Asking about distance
- Example: How far is it from your house to your school?
How old Questions
- Asking about age
- Example: How old are you?
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