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 Example
where Where do you live?
who Who are you?*
Who did you phone?**
when When do you get up?
what What is this?*
What are you doing?**
why Why do you smoke?
whose Whose book is this?
which Which bus do you take to school?
how How old are you?

* This is a subject question.

** This is an object question.

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