Interrogative Pronouns

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Interrogative Pronouns :

The interrogative pronouns (who/which/what) introduce questions.

  • What is that?

  • Who will help me?

  • Which do you prefer?

  • Which is generally used with more specific reference than what. If we're taking a quiz and I ask "Which questions give you the most trouble?", I am referring to specific questions on that quiz. If I ask "What questions give you most trouble"? I could be asking what kind of questions on that quiz (or what kind of question, generically, in general) gives you trouble. The interrogative pronouns also act as Determiners:

  • It doesn't matter which beer you buy.

  • He doesn't know whose car he hit.

  • In this determiner role, they are sometimes called interrogative adjectives.

    Like the relative pronouns, the interrogative pronouns introduce noun clauses, and like the relative pronouns, the interrogative pronouns play a subject role in the clauses they introduce:

  • We know who is guilty of this crime.

  • I already told the detective what I know about it.

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  • Personal Pronouns

  • Demonstrative Pronouns

  • Indefinite Pronouns

  • Relative Pronouns

  • Reflexive Pronouns

  • Intensive Pronouns

  • Interrogative Pronouns

  • Reciprocal Pronouns

  • English Glossary Index

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