My question, How do I use the WH words correctly?

Does some rule exist for their use?

Do I only use them to ask questions? Or how can I use them in affirmative sentences?

For example:

"What" and "That" have the same meaning, but they are used in a different way.

  • Which is the best school?

  • I liked the pie that she did.

How not to confuse the use of those words?

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    Can you give an example of what you think is/isn't correct? – John Feltz Oct 20 '16 at 19:44
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    Wh-words function as relative pronouns in affirmative sentences like: "I love the man who painted this" and "I like where you live." – Silenus Oct 20 '16 at 19:45

The Wh words are also called the Journalist's Questions in many style guides as well as introductory Journalism. Basically, whenever a Journalist is assigned a task of reporting an event (such as a presidential campaign or release of a product) that he/she has no knowledge of, the first starting point of investigation (or brainstorming) to create a story are the Journalist's Questions.

For example, in case of a presidential campaign:

  • Who are the candidates? What's their background?
  • What are they all campaigning about?
  • When is the campaign going to start?
  • Where exactly (states or counties) is the campaign going to take place?
  • How (what process, expenses, business contacts, etc.) is the campaign going to happen?

So, to answer your question, the Wh questions are to be used when you want to investigate or brainstorm about an unknown topic.

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