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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



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?'
The LearnEnglish Team


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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

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'.



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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,
The LearnEnglish Team

Who does this book belong to?
Is correct to say
Whom does this book belong to?

Hello hawa100,

The most common way to phrase the question by far is Who does this book belong to?

You can say either Whom does this book belong to? or To whom does this book belong? but both of these are very formal and can even sound quite old-fashioned.



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I would also like to ask to my previous question. If I am thirsty during a lesson and I want to go and get a glass of water. Can I ask; Can I go and bring a glass of water?