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Interrogative adverbs

What are interrogative adverbs? They are; why, where, when, and how. We use these words/interrogative adverbs to ask questions. When we use these adverbs to make questions, we must invert the subject with the auxiliary verb. So; ‘why can you’ and NOT ‘why you can’.

 Why: we use ‘why’ to acquire a reason for something; 
  • Why are you late today?
  • Why does David always ask just boring questions?
  • Why can’t we go to the beach this Saturday dad?

Note that, in all these examples the order is ‘interrogative adverb-auxiliary verb-subject’, as is the correct order for asking questions regardless of the adverb.

Where: We use the interrogative adverb ‘where’ to talk ask about a place; 
  • Where does Gemma live?
  • Where do we have to go tonight?
  • Where is the shop that you spoke to me about?
When: we use the interrogative adverb ‘when’ in reference to time.
  • When must we leave home?
  • When should they advise us of the problem?
  • When can I see you next?
How; we use the interrogative adverb ‘how’ to talk about the manner, degree, time, amount, or quantity in which something is done.
  • How did you know what he was talking about?
  • How can you show me the directions?
  • How does Jeremy know about our secret?
  • How much electricity de he use up?
  • How many drinks would you like?

In all the above examples we have examples of ‘how’ with; manner, degree, time, amount and quantity.

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