English Grammar Question Words
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Grammar Level 6- Lesson Twenty One

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Question Words in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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Question Words


This page lists all the question words that you need to know when asking a question for information.

How: method / manner / situation

Q: How do you know her?

A: I know her from school. Her name is Katy.


Q: How did you figure out that problem?

A: I worked it out on the blackboard.


Q: How do I get to Lake Street from here?
A: Go straight and take a left.


Q: How did you make the crust for this pie?
A: I used flour, shortening, salt, and ice water.


Q: How do you like your coffee?

A: I like it with a little bit of cream.


How about:

Do you want to…..?

Tom: How about going to a movie later?

(Do you want to go to a movie)

Jack: Okay. What do you want to see?

Tom: How about an action movie?

Jack: No, I don’t want to see that. How about a comedy instead?

Tom: Okay.


How about:
What is your opinion of ____?

Q: How about those Twins?
(What do you think about the team?)
A: Yeah, they’re doing great this season.


How about this weather?

(What’s your opinion on the weather?)


How come: why

Jennifer: How come you didn’t call me?
Tom: I was busy.


Jennifer: Why didn’t you call me?
Tom: I was busy.


A: Norbert didn’t show up at the party.
B: How come?
A: He had tickets to a basketball game.


How far: distance / extent

Q: How far is it to the nearest town?
A: It’s about 20 miles.


Q: How far is it from the earth to the moon?
A: It’s about 240,000 miles away.


How high: height

Q: How high is that mountain

A: It’s about half a mile high.


How long: length

Q: How long is the ski trail?

A: It’s about five miles long.


Q: How long was the movie?

A: It was about 90 minutes long.


Q: How long is her hair?

A: It goes down to her shoulders, but she usually wears it in a pony tail.


How tall: height

Q: How tall are you, Caner?

A: I’m six feet tall.


A: How tall is that building?

B: It’s 15 stories high.


How old: age

Q: How old are you?

A: I’m 31 and she’s 29.


Q: How old is your baby?

A: She’s nine months old.


How many: amount (count nouns)

Q: How many knives are in that knife block?

A: There are ten knives.


How much: amount (non-count nouns)

Q: How much lettuce do we need to get?

A: Not very much. We just need one head.

What: general information

Q: What time is it?

A: It’s ten minutes before two.


Q: What’s that?

A: It’s a marshmallow.


Q: What are those?

A: They’re tortilla chips.


What about: consider this

Mother: What are you going to do this afternoon?

Daughter: I’m going to go play basketball.

Mother: What about your homework.

Daughter: I’ll do it later.

Mother: No, you should do it now and play basketball later.

Daughter: Okay.


What…for: purpose / reason

Q: What do you use this for?

A: You use it for cutting the grass. It’s a lawnmower.


What kind of: type / category

Q: What kind of a musical instrument is that?

A: It’s an accordion.


Q: What kind of fruit do you like to eat?

A: I like to eat kiwi.


When: time / date

Student: When were you born?
Teacher: I was born in 1963.


Where: location

Tom: Where did you go yesterday?
Katy: I went to a coffee shop to meet some friends.


Which: choice of two or more

Q: Which do you prefer, red peppers or green peppers?

A: I like them both, but I prefer red peppers because they’re sweeter.


Who: subject for a person

Q: Who is she?

A: Her name is Katy. She’s my classmate.


Whom: object for a person

Q: Whom did you go fishing with last week?

A: I went fishing with Michael.

(Note: Although “whom” is the correct choice, many Americans use “who” instead.)


Whose: possessive form for a person

Q: Whose motorcycle is that?

A: It belongs to John.


Why: reason

Q: Why does she look so sad?

A: Her dog died.


Why not: reason

Q: Why doesn’t he hire someone to paint his house?

A: He can’t afford it.


Quiz for Question Words

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