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Wh Questions

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A Wh question is an open question, meaning that it can have any number of answers. It asks about some missing information the speaker needs. This corresponds to the different sentence elements, such as the verb, objects, manner, place, time, purpose, etc. Questions about the subject have a special form (see the next section). A question element needs to precede the subject in order to form this question. The “question element” is formed according to the following rule.

The Wh Question Rule: To form a Wh question in English, add a Wh question word before the corresponding yes/no question.

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Review the following table for examples of Wh questions in English.

Tense     Question about:     Example
Present Simple     Place     Where does she play?
Past Simple     Time     When did they play?
Present Progressive     Manner     How is he playing?
Past Progressive     Direct object     What was he playing?
Present Perfect     Indirect object     With who have you played?
Present Perfect
Progressive     Choice     Which game have you been playing?
Past Perfect     Reason     Why had they played?
Past Perfect
Progressive     Frequency     How often had she been playing?
Future Simple     Number     How much will I play?
Modals     Possession     Whose role can he play?
Conditional     Duration     How long would it take?
Conditional perfect     Age     How old would he have been?

wh subject questions


A Wh Subject question is an open question, meaning that it can have any number of answers. It asks about missing information the speaker needs about the subject of the sentence (performer of the action). A question element needs to precede the subject in order to form this question. The “question element” is formed according to the following rule.

The Subject Wh Question Rule: To form a subject Wh-question in English, replace the subject with a question word, using who (for people) or what (for non-people)? The word order is that of a positive sentence.

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Review the following table for examples of Wh Subject questions in English.

Tense     Question about:    Example
Present Simple     People     Who plays there every week?
Past Simple     Non-people     What made all that noise?
Present Progressive     People     Who is playing today?
Past Progressive     Non-people     What was making all that noise?
Present Perfect     People     Who’s written this essay?
Modals     People     Who can help me?



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