Interrogative Pronouns



Interrogative Pronouns Explanation

Interrogative pronouns are pronouns used to ask questions. There are five interrogative pronouns. They are who, whom, whose, what, and which.
Let's see the following tables.

 Interrogative Pronouns  Asking Persons  Asking Things  Asking Subject  Asking Object
 who  yes  no  yes  yes
 whom  yes  no  no  yes
 whose  yes  no  yes  yes
 what  no  yes  yes  yes
 which  yes  yes  yes  yes

Who

Who is an interrogative pronoun we use to ask a subject of a sentence. Let's see the following examples. The answer for the questions are printed in red.

  • "Who came first?"  "John came first."
  • "Who gave you this gift?" "My boyfriend gave this gift to me."
  • "Who found the keys?" "The little boy found the keys."

Whom

Whom is an interrogative pronoun we use to ask an object of a sentence. Let's see the following examples. The answer for the questions are printed in red.
  • "Whom do you like most?"  "I like Jane most."
  • "Whom did you give the gift to?" "I gave the gift to my girlfriend."
  • "whom do you live with?" "I live with my brothers and sisters."

Whose

Whose is an interrogative pronoun we use to ask about the owner of a thing mentioned in a sentence. The answer can be the subject of a sentence or the object. Let's see the following examples.
  • "Whose car broke down?"   (subject)
  • "Whose car did you borrow?" (object)

What

What is an interrogative pronoun we use to ask about  a thing as a subject or an object of a sentence. Let's see the following examples.
  • What caused the flood?  ( asking the subject )
  • What do they eat?  ( asking the object )

Which

Which is an interrogative pronoun we use to ask about certain persons or things. It is usually used to offer or give option. Let's see the following examples.
  • Which girls do you like most?
  • Which boys do you know well?
  • Which shirts are you going to buy?
  • Which of them is the youngest?

Exercise

In this exercise you have to complete the sentences with the right interrogative pronouns ( who, whom, whose, what, which).
  1. ... is the first man to land on the moon?
  2. ... blouse do you prefer, the blue one or the black one?
  3. "... cat is this?" "It belongs to Jane."
  4. "... do they work for?" "They work for me."
  5. "... bird is that?" "That's a parrot."

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