Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative Pronoun: a Question Word

Interrogative Pronoun is the Pronoun which is used to ask question. These pronouns are always used in writing or speaking. We use interrogative pronoun to get proper information.

There are five main interrogative pronouns

  • Who
  • Whose
  • Whom
  • Which
  • What

Whom is the subjective form of who.

Among these ‘whose’ can be used as interrogative pronoun or possessive pronoun.

Examples of Interrogative pronoun

Here are some examples with interrogative pronouns.

We should keep in mind that sentences containing interrogative pronouns are always questions.

We should put down the question mark after completing the interrogative sentence.

Interrogative pronouns are in green colour. 

1) We use ‘who, whose, whom’ for persons only; as,

  • Who gave you that book?  
  • Who carried the accessories of car?
  • Who broke the yellow designed vase?
  • Who stood first in sixth standard?
  • Whose was that book?
  • Whose dress was that?
  • Whose essay are we going to copy?
  • Whose mobile is in your hand?
  •  Whom did you meet?
  • Whom will she choose for our cricket team?
  • Whom are you going to call for birthday celebration?
  •  Whom does she ask a question?

We use ‘who’ to ask name and family; as,

  • Who are you?
  • Who was in your house?
  • Who are you searching?

2) We use ‘whatfor things only; as,

  •    What is bitter than bitter gourd?
  •    What did you tell?
  •    What are you asking?
  •    What do you know about light weight iron?

3)  We use ‘what’ to ask about the profession of a person .

  •    What is your father?
  •    What is your name?
  •    What is he?

4) We use ‘which’ for things as well as persons.

It is used for questioning concerned limited number; as,

  •    Which of those pens is yours?
  •    Which is the correct answer among these?
  •    Which is the right person for this job?
  •    Which student didn’t obey teacher?
  •    Which book can you give?


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