Wh- word

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A question word is a word used in asking open questions - that is, questions which ask for information. They are also known as wh-words (as most of them, with the exception of how begin with wh-). Many of them are also used as relative pronouns.

They are used to form wh- questions, and relative clauses.

List of question words[edit | edit source]

Wh-word Circumstance expressed Notes
how manner
what things (unlimited choice)
which things (limited choice)
who people
whom people (accusative case)
whose possession
where place
when time
why reason
whether two or more alternatives

There are also some archaic question words:

  • whence (from what place; from what source)
  • wherefore (what for; why)
  • whither (to what place; where)

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Standard pronunciation is w sound for what, which, why, when and whether, but h sound for how, who, whom and whose.

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