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What is a wh-question?



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
  A wh-question is a kind of

Elson and Pickett 1988 110


Crystal 1980 294, 383


Lyons 1977b 757


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

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