Question Words in English

Question words with examples

Nearly all question words in English start with the same two letters – WH. That’s why questions with question words are also called WH-questions.

Question word Purpose Example
where Asking about places Where are you from?
who Asking about people Who are you?*
Who did you phone?**
when Asking about time When did you arrive?
what Asking about things or activities What does he do at weekends?
Asking about specific things or characteristics  What type of car do you drive?
why Asking the reason for something Why are you here?
whose Asking about ownership Whose book is this?
which Asking to specify a number of things or people Which bus do you take to school?
how Combined with many words to ask about characteristics,
qualities, quantities, etc. For example: How much (price),
How long (length), How often (frequency)
How old are you?

* This is a subject question.

** This is an object question.

For more information see: Questions with who and what see: Subject – Object Object Questions in English