List of question words
|Question word||Asking for / about||Example|
|What?||information, type||What’s your name?
What is an oak – a tree or a plant?
|When?||time, day, year, etc.||When were you born?
When are you coming – today or tomorrow?
|Why?||reason||Why are you so tired?
Why don’t you go to bed?
|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?|
|How?||method, quality, condition||How do you travel to work – by car?
How was the soup?
How are you today?
|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 is very formal and is not often used in spoken English. Most native speakers use who:
- Whom did you see? [formal written, formal spoken English]
- Who did you see? [standard spoken English]