Interrogative Pronouns for beginners

There are five interrogative pronouns in English. Each is used to ask a specific question. In this lesson, we will learn more about these pronouns.

"Interrogative Pronouns" in English Grammar

What Are Interrogative Pronouns?

Interrogative pronouns are pronouns that we use for asking questions.

English Interrogative Pronouns

Let us get to know two main interrogative pronouns in the English language:

Interrogative Pronouns Example
Who Who are you?
What What is that?
Which Which is the most beautiful?

Who

'Who' is an interrogative pronoun that asks for the names of people. We can use 'who' to ask questions about the subject of the verb.

'Who is he?' 'He is Sam.'

'Who ate the last slice of the cake?' 'Angela.'

What

'What' is an interrogative pronoun that asks for the names of things. We can use 'what' to ask questions about the subject of the verb.

'What happened?' 'Nothing happened.'

Tip!

We can use both 'who,' and 'what' to ask about subjects and objects but when we want to ask questions about objects, we need to to change the places of auxiliary and subject.

'What is your name?' 'My name is Alice.'

'Who is your friend?' 'My friend is Tom.'

What as a Determiner

'What' as a determiner is always used before and it asks for information. For example:

What color is that hat?

What car do you have?

Which as a Determiner

'Which' as a determiner is always used before a noun and it asks about a limited number of choices. Here are the examples:

Which car is yours?

Which scarf is nicer?

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