Using what, where, when, why, who and how

In our previous lesson, we saw how to form questions in English. However, the questions we could make were yes/no questions, meaning such questions can be answered with a yes or a no. What if we wish to ask questions that need an answer that is a bit elaborate. Of course, we ask using what, when, where, why, who and how. 

It’s easy to form questions with the above words. In order to do that, you need to first learn how to make yes/no questions, which is discussed in our last lesson. After you do that, all you have to do is add these words to the front of your question.

Ex:

Are you coming to my house today?

Why are you coming to my house today?

When are you coming to my house?

You see, all I did is add the wh word to the front of the question.

However, you will need to ensure you’re removing the answer word from your question when asking a wh question.

For example, you cannot say,

When are you coming to my house at 6 o’clock?

Because in that case, you won’t need to ask a question. You already know the listener is coming at 6 o’clock. Instead, you will simply say,

When are you coming to my house?

You can form questions with other wh words in the same manner.

Relative Clauses