Wh- word

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A wh- word or question word is a word used in asking open questions. In English, most of these begin with wh, which is why they are known as such.

There are eight main English wh- words; how, what, which, who, whom, whose, where and why. They can be split into interrogative pronouns (what, which, who (whom), and whose) and the interrogative adjectives, where, why, and how.

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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