Learning question words is very important for asking questions in English!
Question words and when to use them
- who – ask about people
- what – ask about things
- when – ask about times
- where – ask about places
- why – ask about motives/reasons
- how – ask about methods, ways of doing something
- whose – ask about possession
- which – ask about a choice
- how many – ask about quantity (countable nouns)
- how much – ask about amount (uncountable nouns)
100 examples of questions in English
Now let’s see how we use these question words in real examples of questions!
Questions with WHO:
- Who is your best friend?
- Who ate the last piece of pizza?
- Who is the author of that book?
- Who will be attending the meeting?
- Who is responsible for this project?
- Who is your favorite actor?
- Who discovered penicillin?
- Who is the current President of the United States?
- Who is the CEO of Apple Inc.?
- Who can I contact for technical support?
Questions with WHAT:
- What is your favorite movie?
- What time is it?
- What can I do to help?
- What is the purpose of this meeting?
- What are you thinking about?
- What has he been doing recently?
- What should we do this weekend?
- What do you hope to accomplish this year?
- What is your favorite hobby?
- What do you do for a living?
Questions with WHEN:
- When is your birthday?
- When does the sun rise in the morning?
- When will the new restaurant open?
- When did World War II end?
- When is the next lunar eclipse?
- When is the best time to plant tomatoes?
- When was the last time you visited the dentist?
- When are you going on vacation?
- When will the project be completed?
- When did you start your current job?
Questions with WHERE:
- Where do you live?
- Where is the nearest coffee shop?
- Where did you go on your last vacation?
- Where can I find a gas station?
- Where was the movie filmed?
- Where did I put my sunglasses?
- Where have you been?
- Where is your favorite place to relax?
- Where did you buy that jacket?
- Where would you like to eat tonight?
Questions with WHY:
- Why did you choose this career?
- Why is the sky blue?
- Why do people procrastinate?
- Why should we recycle?
- Why is my car engine making that funny noise?
- Why did you move to this area?
- Why can’t you come to the party?
- Why wasn’t the project done on time?
- Why haven’t you done your homework?
- Why not?
The question “why not?” can be used in two ways:
- When someone makes a negative statement (ex. “I wouldn’t want to live in New York City.”) and you want to know the reason (“Why not?”)
- As a way of saying “yes” or “there is nothing preventing this” – for example, someone asks “Would you like a glass of wine?” and you reply, “Sure, why not?” = yes
Questions with HOW:
- How do you tie a knot?
- How can I improve my time management skills?
- How do you take your coffee?
- How does that machine work?
- How can I learn a new language?
- How do you make chocolate chip cookies?
- How can I cook a perfect steak?
- How do you change a flat tire?
- How can I reduce stress in my life?
- How will he get around with a broken leg?
Questions with WHOSE:
- Whose book is this?
- Whose car is parked in my driveway?
- Whose idea was it to have a picnic?
- Whose turn is it to clean the kitchen?
- Whose dog is barking loudly?
- Whose signature is on the contract?
- Whose responsibility is it to fix the leak?
- Whose phone keeps ringing during the meeting?
- Whose decision was it to cancel the event?
- Whose house are we visiting tonight?
Questions with WHICH:
- Which color do you prefer, red or blue?
- Which restaurant serves the best pizza in town?
- Which route should we take to get there?
- Which movie should we watch tonight?
- Which book are you reading right now?
- Which team won the Super Bowl last year?
- Which car should I buy, the sedan or the SUV?
- Which flower is your favorite, roses or daisies?
- Which school did you graduate from?
- Which option is the most cost-effective?
Questions with HOW MANY:
- How many books did you read last year?
- How many people attended the conference?
- How many days were you out sick?
- How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon?
- How many countries are there in Africa?
- How many students are in your class?
- How many hours of sleep do you get on average?
- How many planets are in our solar system?
- How many siblings do you have?
- How many gifts do you give at Christmas?
We use “how many” with countable nouns.
Questions with HOW MUCH:
- How much does a gallon of milk cost?
- How much is a plane ticket to Europe?
- How much time do you spend on social media each day?
- How much coffee do you drink?
- How much butter do we need for this recipe?
- How much experience does he have in this industry?
- How much homework do your kids have?
- How much research has been done in this area?
- How much damage was caused by the earthquake?
- How much luggage are you taking to the airport?
We use “how much” with uncountable nouns.
Can you create your own example questions with each of these question words?