[Pronouns] – Lesson 4: Interrogative pronouns

English has five interrogative pronouns: whowhomwhosewhat, and which.

 

Interrogative pronouns
Pronoun asking for / about … Example
What … ? general information What’s your name?
What is your adress?
Which … ? limited choice We have fruit tea and green tea – whichwould you like?
Who … ? a person, a name Who wrote War and Peace – was it Tolstoy?
Whose … ? possession, owner Whose is this pen? Is it yours or mine?
Whom … ? [formal] a person, name Whom did you ask?

 

 

Whom is formal and is not used very often in spoken English. We prefer to use who in spoken English:

  • Whom did you ask? [formal written, formal spoken English]
  • Who did you ask? [standard spoken English]
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