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Who What Where Why When – Examples

What are interrogative pronouns? An interrogative pronoun is used to ask questions. Wh-questions are used to ask for information about an event or a situation. A wh-question consists of an interrogative pronoun i.e. who, what, where, when, why followed by a verb and a noun complement. Word order is subject-verb-object.
For example, “What’s the date?”, “Where are you?”, “Who is he?”, “When is it?”, “What’s the time?”
Here’s a simple activity that I’ve used in class to teach the five w’s to my students.
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Mickey Mouse is having a birthday party!
You’re invited.
Date: Sunday, June 1st, 2006
Place: Mickey Mouse House, Tokyo Disneyland
Chiba Prefecture, Urayasu City
Time: at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
See you at my party!
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Question: What’s this?
Answer: This is an invitation
Question: Who is Mickey Mouse?
Answer: Mickey Mouse is my friend./He’s a cartoon./He’s a mouse.
Question: Where is the party?
Answer: At Mickey Mouse House, Tokyo Disneyland, Chiba Prefecture, Urayasu City
Question: When is the party?
Answer: On Sunday, June 1st, 2006
Question: Why is Mickey Mouse having a party?
Answer: It’s his birthday.

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