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- Also known as: 疑问代词 (yíwèn dàicí), question pronoun, interrogative pronoun.
A question word refers to a special kind of pronoun used to ask questions. These would include 什么 (shénme), 什么时候 (shénme shíhou), 谁 (shéi), 哪儿 (nǎr) / 哪里 (nǎlǐ), 哪个 (nǎge), 为什么 (wèishénme), 怎么 (zěnme).
Beginners should pay attention to the placement of question words.