When do you use a wh-question?
If you want information about a fact/person/thing/place/manner/… you use a wh-question. For example: You are not sure where and at what time you meet your friend. You ask him: Where do we meet? and When do we meet? Then he can give you the information.
They are called wh-questions because they start with a question word.
Question words are pronouns: they represent the information you are asking about: "Who" is with you? "Peter" is with me.
The question words are:
- What: to ask about objects: What is she doing?
- How: to ask about a manner: How are you?
- Where: to ask about a place: Where are you going?
- Which: to ask about one special object out of at least two: Which present did she like most?
- Who: to ask about people: Who do you talk to?
- Whose: to ask about a possessive relation: Whose book is this?
- Whom: to ask about people (very formal, is not used very often): Whom did you call?
- When: to ask about a time: When are you leaving?
Read the question and the answer. Then choose the correct question word.
Wh- questions with to be
The word order of "wh-questions" is the same as "yes/no questions": take the question word and put it in front of the verb to be:
Question word + to be + pronoun/noun/adverb (+ …) ? What + are + you + doing? Where + is + he?
Put the wh-questions into the correct word order.