How much money do you have?
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Question Words
Question Words:

Words that are used to ask questions to receive information.


Question Word Definition: Example:
Who

1. Who is asking about a specific person.

2. Who is used as the subject of the sentence.

3. A singular verb almost always follows who in the sentence.

Who took my pencil?

What

1. What, can be used as the subject of the sentence. (Example 1)

2. What, can be used as the object of the sentence. (Example 2)

3. What, can come before a noun in a sentence. (Example 3)

4. What kind of, is asking about a specific type the speaker is requesting.
(Example 4)


5. What + do, is used to ask for information about the subject.
( Example 5)


6. What + verb, can be used to ask information about an action that is being performed. (Example 6)

1. What's wrong?


2. She said what?


3. What time is it?


4. What kind of cereal do you want?


5. What does she want?


6. What is she doing upstairs.

When A speaker uses when to ask a question about time? When do you want to leave?
Where

A speaker uses where to ask questions about a place or about the place of noun..
(Examples 1 and 2)

1. Where do you want to go.

2. Where's Oregon?

Why A speaker uses why to ask for explanation about a subject. Why are there 50 stars on the American Flag?
How

1. A speaker uses how to describe directions. (Example 1)

2. A speaker also uses how to understand the amount of time it takes to do an action. (Example 2)

3. A speaker uses how often to understand the amount of times an action is being performed. (Example 3)

4. A speaker uses how far to describe the distance of a subject. (Example 4)

5. A speaker uses how much to ask the quantity of a certain subject. (Example 5)

1. How do you speak English?

2. How long does it take to learn English?

3. How often do you go to restaurants.

4. How far is Washington, DC to California.

5. How much money do you have.

Which A speaker uses which, when he/she is making a choice from a specific number of possibilities. There are 19 cars. Which car do you want?
Whose A speaker uses whose when wanting to know the person that owns a noun. Whose book is this?
What's your dog's name?

Sample Sentences
1.
Question: What time is it?
Answer: It's three o'clock.
2.
Question: When are you leaving?
Answer: At 7 A.M.
3.
Question: Where is my book?
Answer: On the table.
4.
Question: Why are you happy?
Answer: I did well in school.
5.
Question: How old are you?
Answer: I'm 27 years old.
6.
Question: Whose notebook is this?
Answer: It's Tom's notebook.
7.
Question: Who is the woman?
Answer: She is my mother.


Sample sentence structure formulas:

Who + auxiliary verb + the + noun?

What + time + is/are + pronoun?

When + auxiliary verb + subject + main verb(optional)?

Where + auxiliary verb + my + noun?

Why + verb + pronoun + adjective?

How + adjective + are + pronoun?

Whose + noun + auxiliary verb + this/these?


Why do you own so many clothes?
 
 
Pronunciation Exercise
Pronunciation Practice. Practice these conversations with me. I will ask you these questions and you will practice pronouncing and answering them. First, I will pronounce both the question and the answer to you. Second, I will ask you only the question, and you will answer me reading the answers written below.
1.
Question: Who is the woman?
Answer: She is my mother.
2.
Question: What time is it?
Answer: It's three o'clock.
3.
Question: When are you leaving?
Answer: At 7 A.M.
4.
Question: Where is my book?
Answer: On the table.
5.
Question: Why are you happy?
Answer: I did well in school.
6.
Question: How do you draw?
Answer: I practice a lot.
7.
Question: Whose notebook is this?
Answer: Its Tom's notebook.

 

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