Written by Dyami Millarson
The basic interrogative adverbs in Eilauners are:
- Wer? Where?
- Hò? How?
- Wanneer? When?
Complex interrogative adverbs in Eilauners can be formed by suffixing a preposition to the basic interrogative wer (where) or an adjective to the basic adverb hò (how):
- Werom? Why?
- Wertroch? How, whereby?
- Wermooi? How, with what?
- Weryn? Where, in what, wherein?
- Werop? Where, upon what, whereupon?
- Weroon? Where, at what?
- Werfeur? Why, for what, wherefore?
- Werby? Where, near/at/close to what?
- Werhanne? Where, whither, whereto?
- Werfandinne? (Werfan?) Where, whence, wherefrom?
- Werút? Where, out of what?
- Hòfier? How far?
- Hòfole? How much?
The interrogative adverbs are placed at the beginning of interogative sentences in Eilauners and these adverbs are followed by a verb followed by its subject (read about grammatical inversion in Eilauners):
- Werom gieste wooi? Why are you going away?
- Wertroch tinkste dat? What makes you think that?
- Wermooi biste hier oonkomd? With what did you arrive here?
- Weryn sit it? In what is it?
- Werop sit it? (Up)on what is it?
- Weroon sit hy? Oon de tafel. At what is he sitting? At the table.
- Werfeur docht jò dat? For what (why) is she doing that?
- Werby heert it? Where does it belong to?
- Werhanne gieste? Whither art thou going? (Where are you going?)
- Werfan komste? Where are you from?
- Werút komt dy sak? Out of what comes that bag?
- Hòfier is it? How far is it?
- Hòfole kost it? How much does it cost?
Similarly to phrasal verbs, prepositions can be separated from complex interrogative adverbs:
- Wer…fan(dinne)? (= Wer…wooi?)
The only exception is werom, why, which cannot be turned into wer…om. If, however, werom means about what, it can be turned into wer…om. Example: Wer gie it om? What is it about?
Questions beginning with an interrogative adverb can be answered by a prepositional phrase or full sentence:
- Wermooi dúechste dat? Mooi in homer. With what did you do that? With a hammer.
- Wer gieste hanne? Ik gai nooi ús Lytje Pole tò. Where are you going? I am going to Lytje Pole (Schiermonnikoog).