interrogative pronoun

An interrogative pronoun asks a question.  They are exactly the same words as a relative pronoun but relative pronouns do not ask a question.

Who is the teacher?     What is for supper?

Note: the following sentence has a relative pronoun, not an interrogative pronoun.

I love books which speak well of liberty.


The interrogative pronoun is exactly like the indefinite pronoun except the interrogative pronoun always has an accent on the first syllable.

Interrogative Pronoun, τίς, τί, who, what?

Singular Plural
Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
Nominative τίς τί τίνες τίνα
Genitive τίνος τίνων
Dative τίνι τίσι(ν)
Accusative τίνα τί τίνας τίνα


See page 9 in this document or the video here.  The two most common interrogative particles are

  • מִי (personal interrogative pronoun, referring to a person) and
  • מָה (impersonal interrogative pronoun, referring to a thing).

These two pronouns can also function as indefinite pronouns, especially when they appear in the middle of a clause rather than at the beginning.  As a general rule, מִי or מָה function as interrogative pronouns when they appear at the beginning of a clause, and function as indefinite pronouns when they appear in the middle of a clause.  However, this is not a universal rule; the specific use of these pronouns must always be determined from the context. source


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