Wh- Questions for intermediate learners

Wh-questions are questions that begin with one of the 'wh-' words. In order to learn about them and to know how to form a wh- question, read this article!

"Wh- Questions" in the English Grammar

What Are Wh- Questions?

Wh- questions are formed with 'wh-words' and ask for information. So, the answer to them cannot be 'yes' or 'no'.

What Are Wh-words

Wh-words are used to ask for specific information. The most common wh-words are:

Here are a few examples:

What is under the table?

You cannot answer this question with a 'yes' or a 'no. You must provide information.

When is your birthday?


Wh-words are followed by auxiliary verbs to form a question. Here is the structure:

What do you do for a living?

Where can I find you?


What is used to ask about things. Here are the examples:

What is it?

What can he do?


When is used to ask about time. Here are the examples:

When is your birthday?

When do you start studying?


Where is used to ask about the place or location of something. Here are the examples:

Where are you?

Where do you want to go?


How is used to ask about the condition, manner, or quality of something. Here are the examples:

How are you?

How do you drive?


Wh- questions are used to ask about a piece of information about different things. They start with wh-words that are:

  • What
  • Where
  • When
  • How


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