List of interrogative pronouns
English has five interrogative pronouns: who, whom, whose, what, and which.
|Pronoun||Asking for / about||Example|
|What?||information, type||What’s your name?
What is an oak – a tree or a plant?
|Which?||choice||We have fruit tea and green tea – which would you like?|
|Who?||a person, a name||Who wrote War and Peace – was it Tolstoy?|
|Whose?||possession, owner||Whose is this pen? Is it yours?|
|Whom? (formal)||a person, name||Whom did you see? (formal, less common)
Who did you see? (more common)
Whom or who?
Whom is formal and is not used very often in spoken English. We prefer to use who in spoken English:
- Whom did you ask? [formal written, formal spoken English]
- Who did you ask? [standard spoken English]