What Does Interrogative Mean? (with Examples)

What Does Interrogative Mean? (with Examples)

The term interrogative is applicable to any sentence or construction that asks a question.

Examples of Interrogatives

The following all ask question. They are all interrogatives.
  • What is the capital of Peru?
  • Who is that boy?
  • Which shoes shall I wear?
  • Why should I believe you?
  • When will the bus arrive?
  • That painting is excellent, isn't it?
  • Are you sure?
  • Do you want one lump or two?
  • Is it true or false?
  • Eh?
Read more about forming questions and interrogative sentences.

The word interrogative is most commonly seen in the following terms:
  • Interrogative Sentence
  • (An interrogative sentence is one that asks a direct question and always ends in a question mark. It's another name for a question.)
  • Interrogative Pronoun
  • (The interrogative pronouns are who, whom, whose, which, and what.)
  • Interrogative Adjective
  • (The interrogative adjectives are whose, what, and which.)
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See Also

What are interrogative pronouns? What are interrogative adjectives? What is an interrogative sentence? What is an indirect question? Glossary of grammatical terms