Lesson 8: QUESTION WORDS

Question words ask for new information. They go at the beginning of the sentence.

Basic question words

Some examples of BASIC QUESTION WORDS with ANSWERS:

Who ...?
John bought an MP3 player.

What ...?
John bought an MP3 player.

When ...?
He bought it yesterday.

Where ...?
He bought it at the electronics store.

Which...?
He got the small MP3 player (not the big one).

How ...?
He carried it home carefully.

Whose ...?
It is John's MP3 player.

Why ...?
He bought it to listen to music.

NOTICE: Instead of why, we can say: What did he buy it for?

How + word

How big ...?
The MP3 player was quite small.

How small ...?
The MP3 player was quite small.

How much ...?
The MP3 player cost one hundred dollars.

How many dollars ...?
The MP3 player cost one hundred dollars.

How long ... (for) ?
He saved to buy it for over two months.

How far ...?
It's five kilometres to the electronics store.

How often...?
John goes there three times a week.

What kind of ... ?

This is a way to ask about something so that we can tell it from other types of the same thing.

What kind of MP3 player ...?
It's a small, 10-gigabyte memory one.

What kind of car ...?
It was a Toyota sport-utility vehicle.

What ... like?

This is a way to ask for a very general description.

What is the weather like there?
It's hot and humid.

What is John like?
He's a very friendly person.

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