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 W - Wh-words

 

Wh-words: English has the pleasant property of having a number of important simple terms that relate to knowledge and ignorance that all start with "wh":

Why
What
When
Where
Whence
Whither
Wherefore
Which
Who

These are very useful particles, and here are my assumptions about their usage:

Why asks for explanations which are assumptions
What asks for definitions or descriptions
When asks for a time
Where asks for a place
Whence asks for a ground
Whither asks for an end
Wherefore asks for a purpose
Which asks for a kind
Who asks for a person

 


See also: Logic


Literature:

Jespersen

 Original: Sep 9, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top