Questions: Which and What*

Questions: Which and What?

April 4, 2019

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

What is the difference between “which and what”.

There is not much difference between which and what. Both are possible.

e.g.

  • Which is your favorite song?
  • What is your favorite song?

Which: is used when the number of choices is limited.

e.g.

  • We have got silver and black phones. Which will you have?

What: is used when the number of choices is unlimited.

e.g.

  • What’s your phone number?

Using determiners

What and which are normally used to ask about things.

e.g.

  • What movie would you like to watch?

Before the noun, which and what can be used to ask questions about both things and people.

e.g.

  • What time is it?
  • Which teacher do you like best?

Before the noun with a determiner (the, my, this) use which of.

e.g.

  • Which of your teachers do you like best?