wh-movement

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Examples
He buys bread.

When the word bread is replaced with a wh-word in order to form a question, wh-movement occurs:

What does he buy?

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Most English interrogative words start with wh-, for example, who, whom, whose, what, which, when, where, why, etc. (though how is an exception).

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wh-movement (uncountable)

  1. (syntax) a syntactic phenomenon found in many languages around the world, in which interrogative words (sometimes called wh-words) or phrases show a special word order. Unlike ordinary phrases, such wh-words appear at the beginning of an interrogative clause.

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