a sentence-initial or sentence-final particle
a difference of word order, such as the placement of the verbcloser to the
beginning of the sentence than in the declarative sentence, and
an interrogativeclitic that attaches to the item in the sentence that is being
allow a speaker to find out more information about topics. They are as follows:When?
Other words can also be used to inquire about specific information:Which (one)?
Whose?Whom?How much?How many?How long?How often?How far?What kind (of)?
Choice of alternatives
PossessionPerson (objective formal)Price, amount (non-count)Quantity (count)DurationFrequencyDistanceDescription
The "grammar" used with wh- questions depends on whether the topic being asked about isthe "subject" or "predicate" of a sentence. For the
pattern, simply replace the personor thing being asked about with the appropriate wh-word.(Someone has my baseball.)
(Something is bothering you.)
Who has my baseball?
What is bothering you?
pattern, wh- question formation depends on whether there is an "auxiliary"verb in the original sentence. Auxiliary or "helping" verbs are verbs that
main verbs. Auxiliary verbs are
in the following sentences.I
eaten my lunch.I
finished my homework.To make a question using the
pattern, first form a yes/no question by
thesubject and (first)
verb. Then, add the appropriate wh- word to the beginning of thesentence.