In the sentence, "Where is the cat?", what part of speech is the word "where"?

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    Frankly, I think no one knows. You can argue it's an adverb, you can argue that it's a conjunction, you can argue that it's a noun.
    – Hot Licks
    Feb 3, 2017 at 4:15

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"Where" is an adverb telling us 'at what location.'


Wikipedia uses interrogative word or simply question-word. This word class is not contained in the traditional list of word classes. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrogative_word


The term is called a locative, since it orients you at a location.

  • This would be better if you included a linked dictionary definition of locative. Jul 19, 2021 at 7:07
  • Done. Thanks for the suggestion
    – user71207
    Jul 19, 2021 at 8:19
  • Locative is not a part of speech, but rather words or phrases expressing location. For example, in the yard is a prepositional phrase with a locative role in We stopped in the yard.
    – DW256
    Jul 19, 2021 at 8:28

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