This page lists all the question words that you need to know when asking a question for information. Click here for a video for the word "how."
How: method / manner / situation
- Q: How did you figure out that problem?
- A: I worked it out on the blackboard.
- Q: How did you make the crust for this pie?
- A: I used flour, shortening, salt, and ice water.
|Do you want to…..?|
John: How about going to a movie later?
(Do you want to go to a movie)
|What is your opinion of ____?|
Q: How about those Twins?
(What do you think about the team?)
A: Yeah, they’re doing great this season.
(What’s your opinion on the weather?)
How far: distance / extent
- Q: How far is it from the earth to the moon?
- A: It’s about 240,000 miles away.
How high: height
- A: How tall is that building?
How many: amount (count nouns)
How much: amount (noncount nouns)
What: general information
What about: consider this
- Daughter: I’m going to go play basketball.
- Mother: What about your homework.
- Daughter: I’ll do it later.
- Mother: No, you should do it now and play basketball later.
What…for: purpose / reason
|What kind of: type / category|
- Q: What kind of fruit do you like to eat?
Which: choice of two or more
Who: subject for a person
- A: Her name is Natalia. She’s my classmate.
Whom: object for a person
(Note: Although "whom" is the correct choice, many Americans use "who" instead.)
Whose: possessive form for a person
Why not: reason
- Q: Why doesn’t he hire someone to paint his house?
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