Chapter 3, Part 2 (*Chapter Numbers refer to our Urdu Grammar Workbook for Beginners)
Last week we looked at Yes/No questions in Urdu. Today I will show you how to form so-called “Open Questions”, i.e. questions that use question words.
First of all, let’s look at some of the most common question words. In English most of them start with the letter “W” and are sometimes referred to “W-Questions”. In Urdu, conveniently, most of these question words start with the sound “k”.
To make a question, first think about what the answer might be.
E.g. if you want to ask “How are you?”, the answer might be “You are fine”. Now we will delete the the information you are looking for (in this example sentence “fine”) (“You are ________”). And in a final step we add the appropriate question word: “You are what?” Now let’s look at the above example in Urdu:
Here are a few more examples:
The only question word this doesn’t work with is the word “why” (kyun). For questions with “why” you simply put the question word directly after the pronoun. Sometimes it also comes at the beginning of the question.
For the following question words, the word has to agree in number (i.e. singular/plural) and gender (i.e. masculine/feminine) with the noun.
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