Definition of wh-question in English:

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Pronunciation: /dʌbljuːˈeɪtʃkwɛstʃən/


A question in English introduced by a wh-word, that requires information in answer, rather than yes or no.
Example sentences
  • Many of these questions are wh-questions (who, where, why) as differentiated from mothers' preference for yes/no questions.
  • As reported earlier in this paper, fathers use both unmitigated directives and wh-questions (which could serve to extend children's topics) more frequently than do mothers.
  • Asking ‘wh-questions’ (why, what etc.) would be fatal as it will inevitably invite shoe-beats.

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