Interrogative Adverbs for beginners

Interrogative adverbs are words such as 'why' and 'where' that are used to ask questions. In this lesson, we will learn more about them.

Interrogative Adverbs in the English Grammar

What Are Interrogative Adverbs?

We use interrogative adverbs to ask questions about different things. Interrogative adverbs in English are:

Interrogative Adverbs Asks about:
Where place
When time
Why reason
How manner

When Do We Use Interrogative Adverbs?

We use them at the beginning of a question to ask about something. After an interrogative adverb, the verb comes first. In other words, we must invert the subject and the verb.

I am leaving at noon. → When are you leaving?

I am going to school. → Where are you going?

I am crying because I am sad. → Why are you crying?

It's M-I-K-E. → How do you spell your name?

Using 'How' to Ask Questions

We can use 'how' in four different ways:

  1. By itself
  2. With adjectives
  3. With much and many
  4. With adverbs

1. We can use 'how' alone to ask questions about the manner of an action or event.

How can I help you?

How are you?

2. We can use 'how' with adjectives such as 'tall, old, etc.' to ask questions about those adjectives:

How old are you?

How tall is he?

3. We can use 'how many' and 'how much' to ask questions about the quantity or amount of something:

How many brothers do you have?

How much money do you need?

4. We can use 'how' with other adverbs such as 'often, fast, etc.' to ask questions:

How fast can this car go?

How often do you exercise?

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