Examples of Information Questions
Information questions are the basic type of wh- questionsOpens in new window. They are used to request information that has not been previously mentioned.
Unlike yes/no questions, wh- information questions always contain a presupposition. For instance, when we ask the question What did John do? we presume that John did in fact do something.
|1a) How did they do it?||They did it somehow.|
|1b) Where did John go?||John went somewhere.|
|1c) Whose book was stolen?||Someone’s book was stolen.|
|1d) What has he done?||He has done something.|
|1e) Who is doing it?||Someone is doing it.|
Information wh- questions have up-fall intonation, as shown in 2a), 2b), and 2c) or down-rise intonation, as shown in 4d) and 4e).