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9 Interrogatives

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Interrogatives are words that are used to question referents, places, manners, time, and quantities. They form interrogative phrase that can take phrasal enclitics. The sixteen members of the closed word class of interrogatives are listed in the form of a "Table". The interrogative 'who' has human reference and can be used as an argument or adjunct. The interrogative 'what' has a non-human reference. The interrogatives 'why' or 'how come' question the event that has taken place for a situation to be the way it is. The interrogative 'how' can appear anywhere in the clause before the predicate. Interrogative 'why' is discussed in various sections depending on the context in which it is used. Other interrogatives discussed in various sections are: 'where, which?', 'how much/many', 'when?, in whatever place', 'by which way'. 'To/from where' interrogative questions a direction. Its position in the clause is right before the predicate.

Keywords: interrogative phrase; interrogatives; phrasal enclitics; predicate



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