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

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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

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Pronouns in questions 3

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Hello, Good Afternoon.

May I ask in pronouns in question using preposition . Always like" pronoun at the behind of "are,were,had ,have and so on"? For example,Which university did you go to? That "you " always behind the did,are,is, and so on ?

Hello Backlight

Yes, a pronoun is needed after an auxiliary verb in questions like the one you mention. There might be some exception in some specific cases, but in general, you should use a pronoun there.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Sir
This is from your website under 'pronouns': Which university did you go to?
Is it wrong to say 'What university did you go to? If this is wrong please tell me why it is wrong? I would like to know the difference between 'which' and 'what'
Are we to use 'which' when there are two or three things to be chosen and
' what when there are many things to be chosen. For e.g. Which language do you like to study German or French? / what language do you like to study German or French? Which question is correct?
Please let me know?
Thank you.
Regards
Lal

Hello Lal,
Generally, we use 'what' when the choice is open and 'which' when the choice is restricted.
For example, to ask about a person's preferred films I might say:
'What films do you like?'
However, if we were standing in front of a collection of DVDs (a limited choice) then I could say:
'Which films do you like?'
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Peter
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

I received this text mesages from your site:
"Oops, looks like this request tried to create an infinite loop. We do not allow such things here. We are a professional website!".
I just signed on my account. I did not intend to create "a loop" (despite the fact one of my hobbies is computer programming). I dont know what was wrong.
Hope everything is alright.
Thank you for your very important resource for learning English language!

Regards,
Cristian Negoita

Hi Cristian

Thanks for your message. Don't worry, you didn't create this loop! I'm sorry that you thought this. This is a problem that we plan to fix soon. I'm very sorry for the ocnfusion!

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,
I would like to ask about the last word of each sentence below ,Are these words verbs or adjectives?Especially in the first sentence.The word 'READY' can use as a verb,adjective,noun and adverb.
I am ready.
I am good.
I am well.
I am tired
I am bored.

Can we use verbs after am,are,was(Be form verbs) in simple present tense in active sentences?
Example: I am work, I am play.
I look forward to hearing from you soon
Best Wishes
Rsheed.

Hello Rasheed,

In all of your examples the words after 'am' are functioning as adjectives. Strictly, they are subject complements.

We do not follow forms of 'be' with present simple. You can say 'I play' or 'I am playing', for example, but not 'I am play'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, i was wondering if it is added later on the questions words when and where, because i noticed that they aren't here.

Hi Marcos LCh,

We are in the process of revising our grammar sections. I believe that the newer pages will include explanations of 'where' and 'when'. But if you have any questions before then, please don't hesitate to ask us here.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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