Interrogative Language: Who

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Who is Behind the Mask

Interrogative language is used to ask questions. And, the most common interrogative words, in alphabetical order, are:

WhatWhenWhereWhetherWhich
WhoWhomWhoseWhyHow

These words are sometimes called “wh-words” because most of them begin with wh. “Who,” a wh-word is our interrogative word of the day. 

“Who,” pronounced /ho͞o/, is a Pronoun that means what or which person or people, among other things. 

For example, you may go to a Halloween party and hear a native English speaker ask, “Who is  behind the mask?” This may even be something you’ve wondered about Batman or the anime character Tuxedo Mask. By asking this, the speaker wants to know who is wearing the mask. Sometimes costumes conceal identity. 

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A Bit of Grammar

How can I use the Pronoun “who” in a full sentence?

In its simplest form, the Pronoun “who” is used like this: 

“Who is at the door?”

It’s a straightforward question. 

But, the Pronoun “who” can also be used as an indirect question. For example:

“I don’t know who among you is fit to be a king!”

All in all, an indirect question is a question embedded inside a statement. There are few other ways in which these wh-words can be used, but we’ll save that for another time. 

Examples of Interrogative Pronoun Who

Who is your favorite sister? 

Who told you about my secret? 

Who will eat Joanne’s slice of pizza? 

Let’s practice 

Q1: Try and make your own sentence.

Q2: Create a question using “who” that is related to role models. 

Q3: Who cooks the best food in your house? Why?

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