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What are Interrogative Pronouns? Grammar Review
Let’s start with a simple question! What are pronouns? Pronouns are words that replace nouns and noun phrases!
So, what are “Interrogative pronouns?” They are words used to ask questions! In simple terms, there are just five “main” interrogative pronouns.
They are “Who, whom, whose, which and what.” Add the words “Whoever, whomever, whichever and whatever and now you have created “Compound interrogative pronouns!”
They are often used to show emphasis or surprise. Of course, the main interrogative pronouns can do the same thing in spoken English! Ask your teacher to explain this subject further!
Interrogative Pronoun Examples
Who won the basketball game last night? (common spoken English)
Whom did he think would finish the project? (formal or written English)
Those are the tourists whose bus arrived early! (as a pronoun)
Which is the best from the two? (often used to choose between two)
What is his phone number? (information request)
Who do you think will win the football game? (what is the name?)
Whom shall Shakespeare write about next? (old English)
Whose painting won the best of show? (what is a name?)
Which of the cars is yours? (choice)
Bring me what you have completed! (not clearly identified)
Compound Interrogative Pronoun Examples
Whoever did that is despicable! (to share an opinion/we don’t know who)
Whomever you recommend, we will employ! (a choice already offered)
Whichever you choose, the others won’t be happy! (a limited choice)
Whatever you decide, I will agree! (to choose from many)
This is a much bigger subject than there is room for in this grammar review! Ask your teacher for more examples and explanation.