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Interrogative Pronouns

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A pronoun is a word that takes the place of a common noun or a proper noun.
In this lesson, we will learn the interrogative pronouns.

Interrogative Pronouns are pronouns used to ask questions. The four main interrogative pronouns are who, whom, whose, what and which.

Who, whose and whom are interrogative pronouns that ask for names of persons.

The following diagram shows examples of interrogative pronouns. Scroll down the page for more examples and explanations on how to use interrogative pronouns.

Interrogative Pronouns


We use who when the answer is the subject of the verb.


Who broke the cup? Paul broke the cup.

Who sang the loudest? She sang the loudest.


We use whom when the answer is the object of the verb.


Whom is she talking to? She is talking to Philip.

Whom did you see? I saw Pater.

Take note that although whom is the correct form for the object of the verb, it is rarely used in normal spoken English. Usually who is used instead of whom.


We use whose when we want to ask about ownership.


Whose is this house?

Whose car did you drive here?


What is an interrogative pronoun that asks for names of things.


What is the time?

What is your cat’s name?


Which is an interrogative pronoun that asks for a specific person or thing from a group.


Which of these bags is yours?

Which of them is the shortest?

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