Interrogative Pronouns 6-4 P. 312
A pronoun used to form a question is called an interrogative pronoun. • The antecedents of interrogative pronouns are the words that answer the question.
If the words which and what come directly before nouns, they act as adjectives, not as pronouns. • If which and what stand alone, they act as pronouns. • Adjectives- Which picture do you like? • Pronoun- Which do you like?
The interrogative pronoun who has different forms to reflect case depending on how you use it in a sentence. • Nominative Case: who (subject pronoun) • Who knows the story? • Objective Case: who (object pronoun) • To whom did you give a book.
To help you decide whether to use who or whom, turn the question into a statement. • Substitute he or she for who, and use him or her in place of whom to see which case is correct. • (Who, Whom) will we pick? • We will pick (who, whom)? We will pick (he, him).
When the interrogative pronoun shows possession, use whose, the possessive form of who.
Which pronoun or contraction is correct? • (Who, Whom) did the mystery author Carolyn Keene create? • (Who, Whom) is her most important character? • (What, Who’s) is the most popular mystery series of all time? • (Which, Whom) is it- the one about Nancy Drew or the one about the Hardy Boys? • (Who, Whom) is the best teen-age investigator. • (Who, Which) do you prefer?
Which pronoun or contraction is correct? • 7. (Who, Whom) does Paul like the best? • 8. (Who’s, Whose) going to solve the mystery first? • 9. (Whose, Who’s) are these books? • 10. (Who, Whom) should we ask? • 11. (Who, Whom) in my class reads mystery books? • 12. (Whom, Which) would you choose as your favorite author?