English Grammar: WH Question Words

Question words are also called WH questions because they include the letters 'W' and 'H'.


What     

asking for information about something

  • What is your name?

What...for           

asking for a reason, asking why 

  • What did you do that for?

When  

asking about time           

  • When did he leave?

Where  

asking in or at what place or position       

  • Where do they live?

Which  

asking about choice       

  • Which color do you want?

Who       

asking what or which person or people (subject)

  • Who opened the door?

Whom   

asking what or which person or people (object)               

  • Whom did you see?

Whose

asking about ownership

  • Whose are these keys?
  • Whose turn is it?

Why       

asking for reason, asking what...for         

  • Why do you say that?

Why don't           

making a suggestion       

  • Why don't I help you?

How      

asking about manner     

  • How does this work?

asking about condition or quality             

  • How was your exam?

How far               

distance               

  • How far is it from Australia to New Zealand?

How long             

length (time or space)   

  • How long will it take?

How many

quantity (countable)      

  • How many cars are there?

How much          

quantity (uncountable) 

  • How much money do you have?

How old                

age         

  • How old are you?

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