Which question word to use?

We use who to ask questions about people:

Who is that?
Who lives here?
Who did you see?

We use whose to ask about possession:

Whose coat is this? [or] Whose is this coat?
Whose book is that? [or] Whose is that book?
Whose bags are those? [or] Whose are those bags?

We use what to ask questions about things:

What is that?
What do you want?

We use which to ask someone to choose something:

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
I’ve got two books. Which do you want?

We can also use what and which with nouns:

What subjects did you study at school?
What newspaper do you read?
Which newspaper do you read – the Times or the Guardian?
Which book do you want?
Which one is yours?

Questions with prepositions:

Questions ending in prepositions are very common in English. After Who, Which or What we often have a preposition at the end of the sentence:

Who does this book belong to?
What are you looking for?
Which university did you go to?
What country do you come from?

 

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Comments

hello sir,
"how long do you take to cook Pasta?"
is it right or wrong?

Hello Afia shakir khan,

That's fine. It sounds a little bit odd to me, as it suggests that some people might need more time to cook pasta than others, but it's grammatically correct. I'd probably ask 'How long does it take to cook pasta?' instead.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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I’ve got two books. Which do you want?

isn't it wrong?
which one do you want should be used, in my opinion.

hello learnenglish.britishcouncil.org staff,
Thank you for your pretty and useful job that you are doing here

You said: What subjects did you study at school?
can we say: which subjects did you study at school?
are these two sentences the same ?
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Who does this book belong to? is like when we use "whose"?
which university did you go to ? is it like when we use "what" ?
what country do you come from? is it like when when use "where"?

hello learnenglish.britishcouncil.org staff,
Thank you for your pretty and useful job that you are doing here

Who lives here?
don't we need auxiliary verb here ?

sir.
what is the difference between following sentences-
what you want ?
what do you want ?

second one is right.
but in spoken english first one also works.

Hello neh,

The first one is not correct in standard English; the second one is. You can see the first question in comic books and even in novels in direct, informal speech, but it is not correct in standard English.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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