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WH Questions Words

Wh question words are a vital part of English grammar. In the image below, we showcase the 8 basic wh question words in English with usage and example sentences to help you master your English grammar.

Grammar Corner WH Questions Words


List of questions words

  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
  • How
  • Which
  • Whose


Usage: WHO is used to ask the person who did the action.


  • Who is next?
  • Who is answering the phone?
  • Who is your partner?
  • Who is the Present of Brazil?
  • Who will be the winner?
  • Who wrote the letter?


Usage: WHAT is used to ask for information.


  • What does this sentence mean?
  • What did she say?
  • What is this?
  • What dress are you wearing tonight?
  • What is the Capital of Brazil?
  • What did they do last night?


Usage: WHEN is used to ask the time of an event/action.


  • When did you go last night?
  • When will they come?
  • When does Anna arrive?
  • When can I see you again?
  • When is the next World Cup?
  • When is your birthday?


Usage: WHERE is used to ask for the location.


  • Where are you?
  • Where is the school?
  • Where were the keys?
  • Where do you live?
  • Where are we going?
  • Where is this?


Usage: WHY is used to ask for a reason/cause.


  • Why did you do that?
  • Why he didn’t come?
  • Why did you break the glass?
  • Why haven’t you called?
  • Why did Alex leave?
  • Why you didn’t choose that one?


Usage: HOW is used to explain a process.


  • How do you like that?
  • How does it work?
  • How‘s it going?
  • How do you do?
  • How do you learn English?
  • How has the weather been?
  • How was your mother?


Usage: WHICH is used when there is a choice.


  • Which one is better?
  • Which of these pens is the best?
  • Which ingredients do you need to make an apple pie?
  • Which author do you enjoy?
  • Which river is longer, the Nile or the Amazon?
  • Which pen is blue?


Usage: WHOSE is used to show possession.


  • Whose idea was that?
  • Whose keys are these?
  • Whose book is on the table?
  • Whose child is this that has a cough?
  • Whose bag is this?



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