Asking Questions

Who, What, Where, When, Why, Which, How

Who

Who
Use who to ask a question about a person.

Who
Who are they?

Who
Who is going to the party?

Who
Who are the people in this picture?

What

What
Use what to ask asking a question about an object (not a person)

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What
What is this?
From World Book © 2002 World Book, Inc., 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. All rights reserved. From Ptolemy's Geography, published in Ulm by Leinhart Holle (1482), Library of Congress

What
What type of book is this?

From World Book © 2002 World Book, Inc., 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60601. All rights reserved. From Ptolemy's Geography, published in Ulm by Leinhart Holle (1482), Library of Congress

Where

Where
Use where to ask asking questions about direction or location.

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Where
Where is this country?

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Where
Where do you work?
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Where
Where are you going?

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When

When
Use when to ask questions about time.

When
When did you come to the United States?

When
When do you go on vacation?

When
When is the party?

Why

Why
Use why to ask questions about reason, purpose or cause.

Why
Why are you going to school?

Why
Why are you late?

Why
Why did you come to this country?

Which

Which
Use which to ask questions about two or more people or objects.

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Which
Which countries are near Morocco?

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Which
Which ocean is near Morocco?

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Which
Which rectangle is gold?

How

How
Use how to ask questions about instruction, quantity, or success.

How
How do I lock the door?

How
How is the weather?

How
How many ovals are in this picture ?

Review

Asking Questions
Who
Ask questions about people

Asking Questions
What
Ask questions about objects or things (not people)

Asking Questions
Where
Ask questions about direction

Asking Questions
When
Ask questions about time

Asking Questions
Why Use why to ask questions about reason, purpose or cause

Asking Questions
Which
Use which to ask questions about a group of things or people?

Asking Questions
How
Use how to ask questions about instruction, quantity, or success.