9 ‘Wh’ questions and when can we use them?

A few question words are used in the English language to ask the particular types of questions and usually, we refer to these question words as ‘Wh’ questions, because they have the letters ‘Wh’ included in them. Some examples of ‘Wh’ questions are What, Why, When, Where, How, etc.

All the ‘Wh’ questions will always end with a question mark.

  • WHAT

‘What’ is the most commonly used ‘Wh’ type of question as it is used to draw information or even details out from someone, it is even asked for repetition or confirmations too. 

For example,

  1. What is it that you desire?
  2. What? What did you just say to me?
  • WHEN

‘When’ is a ‘Wh’ word that is used to ask something about time.

For example,

  1. When did you arrive?
  2. When did you watch this movie?
  • WHERE

Where’ is a ‘Wh’ question word that is used to ask about a place or a position.

For example,

  1. Where did they run away?
  2. Where did you go?
  • WHICH

‘Which’ is a ‘Wh’ question that is used to ask about choices.

For example,

  1. Which English songs do you like the most?
  2. Which designer dress do you want?
  • WHO

‘Who’ is a ‘Wh’ question that is used to ask about what/which person or people.

For example,

  1. Who were you talking to?
  2. Who changed the wallpaper?
  • WHOM

‘Whom’ is a ‘Wh’ question word that is used to ask what/which person or people. 

For example,

  1. Whom were you listening to?
  2. Whom did you pass by?
  • WHOSE

‘Whose’ is a ‘Wh’ question word that is used to ask about ownership.

For example,

  1. Whose house is this?
  2. Whose car is this?
  • WHY

‘Why’ is a ‘Wh’ question that is used for reasoning purposes.

For example,

  1. Why did you do that?
  2. Why would anybody say that?
  • HOW

‘How’ is a ‘Wh’ question word that is used to ask about the manner or even condition or quality.

For example,

  1. How was the test?
  2. How did you reach there?

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