Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Question Words

Sometimes we want more than yes or no for an answer. When asking for information, we usually place a question-word at the beginning of the sentence. The question-word indicates the information that we want, for example: where(place), when (time), why (reason), who (person).

This chart provides question words, the use and example sentences. Study the question words, understand the uses and then look at the examples. Try to think of a few examples of your own. At the end, take the practice quizzes about question words.





Used when referring to people. (= I want to know the person)
  • Who is the best football player in the world?
  • Who are your best friends?




Used when referring to a place or location. (= I want to know the place)
  • Where is the library?
  • Where do you live?




Used to refer to a time or an occasion. (= I want to know the time)
  • When do the shops open?
  • When is his birthday?



Used to obtain an explanation or a reason. (= I want to know the reason)
  • Why do we need a nanny?
  • Why are they always late?




Used to refer to specific information. (= I want to know the thing)
  • What is your name?
  • What is her favourite colour?




Used when a choice needs to be made. (= I want to know the thing between alternatives)
  • Which day do you prefer for a meeting – today or tomorrow?
  • Which is better – this one or that one?





Used to describe the manner that something is done. (= I want to know the way)

How much – refers to a quantity or a price (uncountable nouns)

How many – refers to a quantity (countable nouns)

  • How can I learn English quickly?
  • How much money will I need?
  • How many brothers and sister do you have?


*When the question-word is who, it acts as the subject.
**In Present Simple and Past Simple tenses, there is no auxilary verb with who.





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