Interrogatives, Prepositions


It is suggested not to use end prepositions:



"Which school do you study at?"

but what about the interrogative sentences?


Is it proper to begin a question with a word other than interrogative words and place them second?

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Interrogrative words, like many other words, have multiple functions in English. When such multiple-purpose words are used to introduce a sentence, you can generally assume that it is being used as interrogrative word, and the sentence is a question.  However, questions do not have to begin with an interrogrative. Unlike some other languages which have rigid rules for the structure of a question, English is flexible.  This explains why English uses the question mark. Languages that have rigid rules for question structure often do not have an equivalent punctuation mark -- the fact that it is a question is understood from the structure alone.



Yes, it is proper to begin a question sentence with something other than the interrogrative. Often the interrogative will appear at the start of a dependent clause that contains the question.

link comment edited May 01 '12 at 16:02 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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