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How to use 'Wh...' questions

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In English there are seven ‘Wh…’ questions.  Here’s what they are and how  they are used:

What is used for a thing.

‘What is it?’

Who is used for a person. Whose has the same meaning but it is always followed by a noun.

‘Who were you talking to?’

‘Whose car is that?’

Why is used for a reason.

‘Why were you late?’

When is used for a time or date

‘When did you start working here?’

Which is used for a choice.

‘Which do you prefer, tea or coffee?’

Where is used for a place.

‘Where do you live?’

How is used for an amount or the way.

‘How much does it cost?’

‘How do I get to the station?’

Complete these sentences using the correct ‘Wh…’ word.  

Try our '-ed' '- ing' adjective exercise

  • ___ school did you go to?

  • ___ old are you?

  • ___ did you go last night?

  • ___ didn't you go to Steve's party?

  • ___ wife is called Amanda?

  • ___ do you start university?

  • ___ do you call a 'spoon' in Spanish?


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Really very interesting. I thought there will be a set of rules and only some examples. But, this type question and answer session is wonderful and induce the interest to the learners.

grammar and vocab

So interesting that u just wanna keep moving on.


Hi this is really nice

It gives so much knowledge how to use vocabulary I really enjoy it.


really it is very easy to learn

It's seem easy but I make

It's seem easy but I make some mistakes in the first check. The second is good.


It is very easy. I hope you add more questions difficult.


I love this Language. Anas Legend

Really very interesting to

Really very interesting to learn.
i like it very much

how or what?

Dear Chris,

I didn't understand the answer of the last question.
Can you explain me please, why should I use WHAT instead of HOW?

WHAT do you call a 'spoon' in Spanish?
HOW do you call a 'spoon' in Spanish?

Maybe my incomprehension comes from my mother tongue...

RE: How or What

To put it simply, 'what' is used to ask about a 'thing' and how is used for a 'way' (or an 'amount').
Therefore, we can use these two forms:
"What do you call a spoon in Spanish?"
"How do you say spoon in Spanish?"
'What' asks about the name of the thing while 'how' asks about the way to say it.

It's a very common mistake for English learners. I hope this helps.


the same mistake

I made the same mistake. It is always difficult for me.Thanks for task.

thanks :)

Hi Chris,

your sentences helped me to understand the different.
Thank you so much!



really interesting, i feel my english knowledge have improved

Wh.... form questions

I made one mistake what do you call a spoon (cuchara) in Spanish?

thanks for it.


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