Which, what or who | Grammar exercise

There is hardly any difference between which and what. They are often both possible with more or less the same meaning.

  • Which/what is the largest island in the world?
  • Which/what is your favourite colour?

Which is preferred when the speaker is thinking about a limited number of choices. What is preferred in other cases.

Complete the following sentences using which, what or who?

1. ………………….. is your phone number?

a) What

b) Which

c) Who

2. ………………. language do they speak in Italy?

a) Which

b) What

c) Either could be used here

3. ………………….. is that boy in the red shirt?

a) Who

b) Which

c) What

4. …………………. is his name?

a) Which

b) What

c) Either could be used here

5. …………………. is she going out with – James or Peter?

a) Who

b) What

c) Which

6. ………………….. train did you come on?

a) What

b) Which

c) Either could be used here

7. ………………….. of these pens is yours?

a) Which

b) What

c) Either could be used here

8. ………………….. singers do you like?

a) Which

b) What

c) Either could be used here

9. …………………… of us is going to do the cooking?

a) Which

b) What

c) Either could be used here

10. ………………….. said that?

a) Which

b) What

c) Who

11. …………………. did she say?

a) What

b) Which

c) Who

Answers

1. What is your phone number?

2. What/which language do they speak in Italy?

3. Who is that boy in the red shirt?

4. What is his name?

5. Who is she going out with – James or Peter?

6. What/which train did you come on?

7. Which of these pens is yours? (Before a pronoun or a noun with a determiner we use ‘which of’.)

8. Which/what singers do you like?

9. Which of us is going to do the cooking?

10. Who said that?

11. What did she say?

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