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What is a wh-question?

 

Definition
 

A wh-question is a question that contains an interrogative pro-form.

 
Also known as:

Content question, question word question, information question

Examples (English)
 

Here are some examples of words that begin wh-questions in English. Most of them begin with wh-:

 
  • who
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • why
  • how
Generic
  A wh-question is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Elson and Pickett 1988 110

 

Crystal 1980 294, 383

 

Lyons 1977b 757

 

Quirk, Greenbaum, Leech, and Svartvik 1985 817, 819


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