Interrogative Pronouns in English – “who” & “where”

When speaking in English we use interrogative pronouns or in everyday speech- question words, to find out more information about someone or something. In today’s post we are going to learn how to form questions by using the interrogative pronouns “who” and “where.” For more please check out unit 20 of the ABA course.

The interrogative pronoun “who” is used to ask questions about people, or to find out information. There are two different ways in which we can ask questions with “who.”

Subject questions:

Who lives in that house?

Who wants to help me paint this weekend?

Who is she?

As you can see in the examples above “who” is the subject of the questions and so we do not use the auxiliary verb do/does when forming the questions.

Object questions:

Who does she play tennis with everyday?

Who do you want to go with?

Who does the dog belong to?

In the sentences above you can see that we use “do” or “does” to form the object questions. *Remember not to use the auxiliary verb “do/does” with “modal verbs” or the verb “to be.”

For example:

Who are you going to the party with?

Who is she having lunch with?

We use the interrogative pronoun “where” when we want to find out the location of something or somebody.

Where do you live?

Where do you play football on the weekend?

Where does she study in the afternoon?

*Remember again that we do not use the auxiliary “do/does” with the verb “to be” or with “modal verbs,” for example:

Where is your house?

Where are my shoes?

Where is his car?

Where will you go on holiday? (modal verb)

Where should we have dinner? (modal verb)

If we want to know where someone comes from we can say:

Where are you from?

Where do you come from?

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One comment

  1. I sometimes get confused by using “who” or “whom”?

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