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Why ? where ? who ? when ? what ?..How ??
« on: 07/09/2004 21:38:56 »
Hello lovely people..:D..this is not really a scientific question but perhaps a passing lexicographer can answer this (well...maybe this is the science of words)..but why do the words....'WHY', 'WHERE', 'WHO', 'WHAT', and 'WHEN' all begin with 'WH'...apart from 'HOW'...why do these fundamental questiony type words begin like that and then I just thought, if it's some language rule then does that mean that the same words translated into different languages also begin with the same letters ?

Your plain english answers will be greatly appreciated...TA

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Re: Why ? where ? who ? when ? what ?..How ??
« Reply #1 on: 08/09/2004 02:42:13 »
I don't know about WHy all those words begin with WH, but as for the different languages having the same beginning letters, most languages (european languages) are related and have many of the same "roots" underlying their common words.  This relationship does not hold if you compare european language to asian, african etc.

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« Reply #2 on: 08/09/2004 10:10:51 »
Thanks John,....glad to be back !

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Re: Why ? where ? who ? when ? what ?..How ??
« Reply #3 on: 09/09/2004 18:35:08 »
Oddly enough, most of the Romance languages' (latin derived European languages) words for those all start with Q.  



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Re: Why ? where ? who ? when ? what ?..How ??
« Reply #4 on: 10/09/2004 12:50:04 »
Qui Quoi Que Quand Comment Ou :)

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Re: Why ? where ? who ? when ? what ?..How ??
« Reply #5 on: 10/09/2004 20:08:13 »
Now that's interesting....the words in frenchy language follow the same rules except that  'where' is the different one this time...In German..ALL the words begin with W..Wer warum wo wenn was wie :-)...in Norweigen they all begin with 'H' except when which begins with 'N'....which is nice !

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