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In English, question words are pronouns. In questions, they're called "interrogative pronouns", but at other times they act like normal pronouns. Here are some examples of the question word + infinitive pattern.

  • Please show me how to write it.
  • I don't know how to do it.
  • Tell me when to start.
  • He knows where to go.

There are similar patterns involving question words as pronouns, such as the following.

  • I don't know what time it is.
  • I wonder why he plays baseball.

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