Wh Questions in English | List Of Wh Questions With Examples

Wh Questions

In English, there are two types of questions all students must learn about. These are Wh- questions and yes/no questions. Wh- questions, also known as ‘open questions’, are question words that begin with Wh (with the exception of ‘how’). There are seven Wh questions in English. These are who, what, when, where, why, which, and how.

Wh- questions are known as open questions because when answering Wh- questions there are many possible responses you can give. Yes/no questions, on the other hand, can only be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and this is why these types of questions are known as ‘closed questions.’ In this post, we have put together an extensive list of Wh questions with examples to help you and your students learn about Wh questions in English.

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Wh Questions

The seven types of Wh Questions are who, what, when, where, why, which, and how. Let’s take a look at what each of these wh questions are used for, and some useful wh question examples.

Who

Who - Example Questions

Who is used in questions to ask about people. Here are many examples of wh questions starting with who:

  • Who are you?
  • Who is he?
  • Who is she?
  • Who do you like?
  • Who is your best friend?
  • Who is on the phone?
  • Who did it?
  • Who did you meet?
  • Who made this cake?
  • Who do you think will win?
  • Who wants some ice cream?
  • Who said that?
  • Who is stronger?
  • Who is faster?
  • Who is the most beautiful?
  • Who is the fastest?
  • Who do you think will win?
  • Who won the game?
  • Who told you that?
  • Who can answer this question?
  • Who are your role models?
  • Who will be attending the meeting?
  • Who wrote this book?
  • Who invented the pencil?
  • Who discovered the law of gravity?
  • Who is your favorite author?
  • Who was the first person to land on the moon?
  • Who invented the telephone?
  • Who was the president in 2023?
  • Who should I contact for more information?

What

What - Example Questions

What is used in questions to ask about something? Here are many examples of wh questions with what

  • What is it?
  • What‘s this?
  • What‘s that?
  • What‘s your name?
  • What‘s your last name?
  • What‘s his name?
  • What‘s her name?
  • What day is it today?
  • What‘s the weather like today?
  • What‘s the date?
  • What are you doing?
  • What is she doing?
  • What are they doing?
  • What time is it? 
  • What do you want to eat?
  • What would you like?
  • What do you want to be?
  • What‘s your favorite food?
  • What do you do?
  • What‘s your job?
  • What does your father do?
  • What does she look like? 
  • What do you have?
  • What do you have in your bag?
  • What grade are you in?
  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What time do you go to bed?
  • What is our homework today?
  • What are you good at?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • What do you do in your spare time?

When

When - Example Questions

When is used in questions to ask about time. Here are some examples of wh questions with when

  • When is your birthday?
  • When is his birthday?
  • When were you born?
  • When is the field trip?
  • When is their anniversary?
  • When does the party start?
  • When do you do your homework?
  • When is the soccer game on TV?
  • When are the banks open?
  • When does the train arrive?
  • When does the class finish?
  • When are you free?
  • When should we meet?
  • When will you finish work?
  • When is dinner ready?
  • When do you get up?
  • When does the movie start?
  • When did the First World War Start?
  • When is the next solar eclipse?
  • When did you last go on vacation?
  • When is the deadline for this project?
  • When will the store restock?
  • When does daylight savings time begin?
  • When was the last time you saw her?
  • When will the concert tickets go on sale?
  • When is the next full moon?
  • When did you start learning English?
  • When will the next season of the show premiere?
  • When are taxes due?
  • When is the best time to plant roses?

Where

Where - Example Questions

Where is used in questions to ask about place. Here are some examples of wh questions with where

  • Where is my pencil case?
  • Where is your book?
  • Where are my glasses?
  • Where is the post office?
  • Where are you from?
  • Where is he from?
  • Where does she live?
  • Where are Chris and Kelly from?
  • Where is Canada on the map?
  • Where do you eat lunch?
  • Where do you want to eat lunch?
  • Where do you work?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • Where is your school?
  • Where did you go last weekend?
  • Where did you buy that dress?
  • Where were you yesterday?
  • Where was the meeting?
  • Where is the nearest hospital?
  • Where can I find a good pizza place?
  • Where did you leave the car keys?
  • Where are we meeting for dinner?
  • Where is the best place to see the sunset?
  • Where did you study?
  • Where can I buy tickets for the concert?
  • Where will the event be held?
  • Where can I catch the bus to the city center?
  • Where is the nearest ATM?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Where is the famous Eiffel Tower located?

Why

Why - Example Questions

Why is used in questions to ask the reason for something. Here are some examples of wh questions with why

  • Why are you so happy?
  • Why are you laughing?
  • Why are you crying?
  • Why were you late?
  • Why did you do that?
  • Why was Chris not at work yesterday?
  • Why do you think he did that?
  • Why are you running?
  • Why do we need to study English?
  • Why does he always complain?
  • Why do people exercise?
  • Why do people celebrate Christmas?
  • Why are cars so expensive?
  • Why do students have to wear school uniforms?
  • Why can’t you come to school tomorrow?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Why does it rain?
  • Why are the seasons different around the world?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Why do we have to sleep?
  • Why is water essential for life?
  • Why are some people allergic to certain foods?
  • Why is recycling important?
  • Why did the Titanic sink?
  • Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?
  • Why do dogs bark?
  • Why are there so many languages?
  • Why did you move to this city?
  • Why are flamingos pink?
  • Why are pandas endangered?

Which

Which - Example Questions

Which is used in questions to ask about choices. Here are some examples of wh questions with which

  • Which do you prefer? The red one or the blue one?
  • Which teacher do you like the most?
  • Which of my books would you like to borrow?
  • Which one is it?
  • Which way is it to the library?
  • Which restaurant shall we go to?
  • Which dress do you like?
  • Which team do you think will win?
  • Which mountain is the tallest in the world?
  • Which one is bigger?
  • Which one is mine?
  • Which one is yours?
  • Which one tastes better?
  • Which city is known as the ‘City of Lights’?
  • Which planet is closest to the sun?
  • Which country has the largest population?
  • Which book are you reading currently?
  • Which is your favorite movie?
  • Which song do you like the most?
  • Which food do you dislike?
  • Which language do you want to learn?
  • Which car brand do you prefer?
  • Which type of music do you like?
  • Which season do you like the most?
  • Which is your favorite subject in school?
  • Which historical figure do you admire the most?
  • Which artist’s work do you appreciate the most?
  • Which vacation spot do you recommend?
  • Which university did you attend?
  • Which course are you planning to take next semester?

How

How - Example Questions

How is used in questions to ask about various things including way/manner, condition/quality, and extent/degree. Although ‘how’ doesn’t start with Wh- , how is still considered a Wh- question word. Here are some examples of wh questions with how

  • How are you?
  • How old are you?
  • How many pencils are there?
  • How was your vacation?
  • How tall is he?
  • How big is the house?
  • How long is the river?
  • How far is the restaurant?
  • How often do you exercise?
  • How did you do that?
  • How do you cook spaghetti?
  • How can I improve my English?
  • How much is it?
  • How many times do you brush your teeth a day?
  • How is that possible?
  • How do you make a cup of tea?
  • How does a microwave work?
  • How can I get to the nearest subway station?
  • How is your family doing?
  • How do you manage stress?
  • How often do you watch movies?
  • How is climate change affecting our world?
  • How do I install this software?
  • How many languages can you speak?
  • How do you pronounce this word?
  • How can we conserve water?
  • How many pages are in this book?
  • How did you meet your best friend?
  • How much time does it take to drive to the airport?
  • How does photosynthesis work?

Related Resources

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