Interrogative Determiners Examples: What, Which and Whose
Direct or indirect questions and exclamations are formed by interrogative determiners. What, which, and whose are the three interrogative determiners in English. Have more ideas and knowledge about Interrogative Determiners through the examples and exercises provided in this lesson. This will also give you answer on “What are the Five (5) Interrogative Pronouns” with enough explanation
What are Interrogative Determiners?
In English grammar, interrogative determiners are words that generate direct or indirect inquiries and exclamations. Interrogative determiners are another name for interrogative adjectives. Interrogative adjectives are used in interrogative sentences to modify nouns.
Determiners play a crucial role in sentence construction and comprehension. Determiners are useful because they help to define nouns and make sentences as clear and focused as possible.
Difference between Interrogative Determiners and Interrogative Pronouns
An interrogative determiner modifies a noun by asking a question while the interrogative pronoun replaces the unknown information that the query seeks.
Pronouns that ask inquiries are known as interrogative pronouns. Who, whom, what, which, and whose are the five (5) interrogative pronouns. It is a pronoun that makes it easier to ask questions. There are just five interrogative pronouns in the English language. Each one is used to pose either a direct or indirect query.
Examples of Interrogative Determiners:
Interrogative determiners are also called interrogative adjectives.
There are three interrogative determiners in English:
- What – asking a question about a thing or things
- Which – asking a question about a thing or things
- Whose – asking a question about possession
Form of Interrogative Determiner:
What/Which/Whose + Noun + Question
“What” and “Which”
“What” and “Which” are very similar in meaning. We use both to ask question about a thing or things.
Both are fine, the meaning is very similar. We use “which” when the speaker knows that there is a limited number of choices. So, if the speaker knows that there’s only 2-3 flavor of ice cream you have to use “which”.
Meaning of “whose”
– to ask a question about possession, Example is “Who owns the noun?”. Whose + noun + question?
Very important Note: Do not confuse “whose” and “who’s”. We use “whose” to ask a question about a possession.
Here’s an important example demonstration with the difference of an interrogative determiner whose and its difference with the word “who’s”. We use who’s for a different type of question.
That is the best example on how we use the word “who’s” which means “who is”.
We use interrogative determiners in:
- direct questions and indirect questions.
Examples of Interrogative Determiners in Direct question:
Rob: What movie do you like?
Carl: Which seat do you want?
Shirly: Whose motorbike is that?
Examples of Interrogative Determiners in Indirect question:
Rob asked me what movie do I like.
The waiter asked which table do we want.
Shirly asked me whose motorbike it is.
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