Pronouns in questions

Level: beginner

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?

Pronouns in questions 1


We often have a preposition at the end of a question:

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

Pronouns in questions 2


Pronouns in questions 3


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Submitted by Nelson Fernandes on Thu, 11/10/2012 - 23:53


Hello ndyutina, I found an example, i hope this help you.


Who is that masked man? (“Who” / subject) 

The men, four of whom are ill, were indicted for fraud. (“whom” / object)

Submitted by rabah.seoud on Mon, 27/08/2012 - 18:56


So I can say:

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

Shouldn't say :

Which one do you want?

Submitted by ndyutina on Tue, 31/07/2012 - 07:14


i am still confused how to use who or whom, can anyone please explain to me? thank you

Submitted by gulzatik on Thu, 29/03/2012 - 12:26



I don`t understand Wh questions clearly in this section((((

Submitted by Andam on Sat, 10/03/2012 - 16:59


I think the question word "who" use with singular, but at Activities 3 it says " who are ​they  playing against ?",you can explain it ?


Submitted by nushams on Sun, 04/03/2012 - 18:05



I have a question regarding this section. In this lesson, there are some examples given as below.

1.Who does this book belong to?
2.Which university did you go to?
3.What country do you come from?

Instead of that can't we ask those questions like this?

1. Whom does this book belong?

2. To which university did you go?

3. From what country do you come?

Thank you.

Submitted by dipankar (not verified) on Sun, 04/03/2012 - 13:11


I had comment submitted on 26 feb.That was my first experience.I asked about a sentences. That was , the next thing police did were was to retrieve the cctv footage from the parking place. I want to know whether the sentences is correct or not. My second problem is about track.When I clicked track in my account I saw 18 replies , 56 replies. I  want to read all  replies. please help me.


I'm sorry no one has replied to your comment of February 26th yet, but there is no guarantee that comments on LearnEnglish will be answered.

The 18 replies are the number of comments in total on the page you wrote on, not the number of personal replies to you.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team


Submitted by dipankar (not verified) on Fri, 02/03/2012 - 13:31


I had a question. I have got eighteen replies. How can I read that. Please help me.

Hello Dipankar,

Are you asking how to pronounce that sentence or what it means?

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Hanan.nasser on Wed, 29/02/2012 - 18:24


i am learning a lot  

thank you very much

Submitted by reem saleh on Sat, 21/01/2012 - 20:37


in question number 3 why I can not say :They are playing aganist who?

Submitted by Ann_K on Fri, 20/01/2012 - 10:01



I'm sorry, but I didn't understand why I can't say "What road do you take to get to the airport". There's a sentence in the example that says "What newspaper do you read?". Maybe, I'm just ridiculously stupid... Or there's just a very subtle difference between what and which​. 

Hello Ann,

I took a look at that exercise and some of the questions were a bit confusing, so I've removed it from the page. We'll make another one that's clearer.

Thanks for pointing this out!

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Great, now I see the difference:

"What newspaper do you read?

Which newspaper do you read – the Times or the Guardian?"


Submitted by HudaL on Sun, 08/01/2012 - 13:19


If we want to ask about time (now) what we use?

In what time exactly ?

in which time ?

I dont know if you get my answer ..

for example : I'm talking to someone and we are arranging for a meeting.

and I want to ask him about the time without using when.

Can I ?