Sunday, May 27, 2012


Francis in Aziz (1995) has divided the interrogators into simple interrogators (when, where, why, how, wherever) and interrogative pronouns.
1.      Interrogative pronouns.
            Francis in Aziz (1995) state that, an interrogative pronouns word is a function word used for the item interrupted in an information statement. Interrogative words are sometimes called wh-words because most of English interrogative word starts with wh-. In English, they are used in question (where is he going?)and interrogative content clauses (Iwonder where he is going); their form are also used as relative pronouns in certain relative clauses (the country where he was born) and certain adverb clauses (I go where he goes). These uses are all found in various other languages as well.
            An interrogative pronoun is a pronoun used in order to ask a question. Some of them refer only to people, like who and others refer to people and objects, etc like what. They do not distinguish between singular and plural, so they only have one form. Interrogative pronouns produce information questions that requiremore than a yes or no answer. For example: (1) what is her phone number? (2) What do you want?
            Interrogative pronouns are: what, which, who, whose, whom. These pronouns may take the suffixes –ever and –soever. Interrogative pronouns could act as a subject, object or possessive in a sentence. What can be used to ask about people. For example:(1) what time is it? (2) What is your name? (3) What do you want? Which can be used to ask about objects or people. For example: (1) which chair are you talking about? (2) Which singer do you like? (3) Which is your sister? Who can be used to ask about people. For example: (1) who are you? (2) Who is your mother? (3) Who has been sitting in my chair? Whose can be used to ask about a possession relation. For example: (1) whose is this book? (2) Whose car did you drive here? Whom can be used to ask about people. It is less usual and more formal than whom for example: (1) whom did you phone? (2) For whom will you vote?

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