What Are Interrogative Determiners?
English Interrogative Determiners
The three interrogative determiners in English are:
Interrogative Determiner: What
Notice that in the following examples, 'what' is a pronoun, not a determiner.
Interrogative Determiner: Which
'Which' is used in questions to ask somebody to be exact about one or more people or things from a limited number.
That is why 'what' is considered a general determiner and 'which' is considered a specific determiner.
Now notice that in the following examples, 'which' is a pronoun, not a determiner.
Interrogative Determiner: Whose
'Whose' is used in questions to ask about what belongs to which person. Notice that 'whose' functions both as an interrogative and a possessive determiner, so 'whose' is technically the only interrogative possessive determiner in English.
Now notice that in the following examples, 'whose' is a pronoun, not a determiner.
Interrogative Determiners in Indirect Questions
Up till now, all the examples that we have seen so far are examples of direct questions. But, note that interrogative determiners can also appear in indirect questions. For example:
Can you tell me
Do you know his sister is a teacher at
Interrogative words are words that are used to ask questions to get different information. There are three main interrogative words that we discussed in the article. Now, let us have a quick look over them.