Wh- question

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A wh- question is a question that has the function of eliciting information.

Meaning[edit | edit source]

They have the function of eliciting information. Contrast polar question.

Form[edit | edit source]

English wh- questions contain a wh- word as a pronoun. Each of these start with the digraph wh, except "how". The main wh- words are how, when, which, what, where, who, whose and why. How can also be used with adjectives and some adverbs, e.g. "how much", "how far", "how often", etc.

Four of these can be used with a hidden do, but the others can't.

  • Who wrote the book = Who did write the book
  • What
  • Which
  • Whose

Pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Wh- questions usually have falling intonation.

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