WH Questions

Refer table below for words in Gujarati for Wh questions

Wh question in EnglishWord in Gujarati
Whoકોણ (koN)
Whenક્યારે (kyAre)
Whereક્યાં (kyAM)
Whyકેમ (kem)
Whatશું (shuM)

શી (shI) for feminine words
How manyMacu./Femin./Neuter
always plural
HowSingular and then plural

WhichSingular and then plural

What _ forશા માટે (shA mATe)

In the above table “Who”; “When”; “Where” ; “Why” ; “What” seems simple as there is only one word in Gujarati corresponding to each.
So let us first attack “How” and “which”

As we had seems in last section “My/His/Her” that depending on gender and multiplicity the form changes. Same logic applies here.
Depending on the gender and multiplicity of objective of question the form is decided.
The words follow pattern discussed in ઓ-ઈ-ઉં-આ-ઈ-આં (o-I-uM-A-I-AM ) યો-ઈ-યું-યા-ઈ-યાં ( yo-I-yuM-yA-I-yAM ) rule
e.g. “How does he work ?” Here objective is “he” i.e. masculine-singular. So કેવો(kevo) will be used.
How does he work ? -> એ કેવો કામ કરે છે? (e kevo kAm kare Che?)

“How do they (plural of he) work” Here objective is “They” i.e. plural So કેવા (kevA) will be used
How do they work ? -> એ કેવા કામ કરે છે? (e kevA kAm kare Che?)

“How does she work?” Here objective is she i.e. feminine-singular So કેવી(kevI) will be used
How does she work ? -> એ કેવી કામ કરે છે? (e kevo kAm kare Che?)

Similarly for “which” depending on the gender and multiplicity objective of question the form is decided. e.g.
“Which boy” Here objective is “boy” i.e. masculine-singular. So કયો(kayo) will be used.
Which boy -> કયો છોકરો (kayo Chokaro)
“which trees” Here objective is “trees” i.e. neuter-plural. So કયાં (kayAM) will be used.
which trees -> કયાં વૃક્ષ (kayAM vRukSh)

Note the difference in કયાં(kayAM) and ક્યાં(kyAM)
“Where” means ક્યાં(kyAM). Here ક(k) is half and યાં(yAM) is attached to it.
And in કયાં(kayAM) here ક(k) is full.

Just inserting WH-question word into a positive or negative statement will convert it into question

General structure is :-
Subject/Doer of action question word verb

Examples for other WH questions
When will you come ? –> તું ક્યારે આવીશ ?tuM kyAre AvIsh ?)
Where do you live ? –> તું ક્યાં રહે છે ? (tuM kyAM rahe Che ?)
Why did he speak ? –> એ કેમ બોલ્યો ? (e kem bolyo ?)
Why did he not speak ? –> એ કેમ નથી બોલ્યો ? (e kem nathI bolyo ?)
What is your name ?–> તારું નામ શું છે ? (tAruM nAm shuM Che ?)
What was the need ? –> શી જરૂરત હતી ? (shI jarUrat hatI ?)
How many girls spoke ? –> કેટલી છોકરીઓ બોલી ? (keTalI ChokarIo bolI ?)
What did you do this for ? –>તેં આ શા માટે કર્યું ? (teM A shA mATe karyuM ?)

Who is coming?
Here we will use કોણ (koN). But depending on gender remaining sentence will vary.

(If there is male then), કોણ આવી રહ્યો છે? ( koN AvI rahyo Che)
(If there is female then) , કોણ આવી રહી છે? (koN AvI rahI Che)
If there is animal or we can’t see whether male or female,
કોણ આવી રહ્યું છે? ( koN AvI rahyuM Che )
For masculine polite, કોણ આવી રહ્યા છે? ( koN AvI rahyA Che )
Who is coming ? –> કોણ આવી રહ્યો છે ( koN AvI rahyo Che )

Other forms of “who”
Who did this ? -> આ કોણે કર્યું ? ( A koNe karyuM ?)
Who ate tamarind ? -> આમલી કોણે ખાધી ? ( AmalI koNe khAdhI ?)

In past tense we add એ(e) to doer of action. So કોણ (koN) becomes કોણે (koNe)

Whose son is this ? -> આ કોનો દિકરો છે ? ( A kono dikaro Che ?)
We have seen suffixes to be used with proper names to create the forms to indicate relationship. It is discussed in this lesson.

Using these suffixes

Masculine Singular કોનો (kono )
Feminine Singular & Plural કોની (konI )
Neuter Singular કોનું (konuM )
Masculine plural કોના (konA )
Feminine plural કોની (konI )
Neuter plural કોનાં (konAM )

hose son -> કોનો દીકરો ( kono dIkaro )
Whose daughter -> કોની દીકરી ( koNI dIkarI )
Whose father -> કોના બાપુ ( konA bApu ) etc.

Similarly adding preposition “To” is suffixing ને(ne) becomes કોને (kone)
Whom did you say -> તેં કોને કહ્યું ? ( teM kone kahyuM )
Who wants it -> In Gujarat it is said like “it is wanted to whom”? -> આ કોને જોઇએ ? ( A kone joie )

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Asking WH questions in Gujarati