Question forms

There are two main kinds of questions:

  • The ‘yes / no’ kind need the answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

For example:

  • Do you like chocolate?
  • Is he from India?

  • A ‘wh’ one needs more information in the answer. It uses a question word like ‘where’, ‘why’, ‘how’ etc.

For example :

  • Where do you live?
  • Where is the station?

  • They are made in three different ways in English grammar depending on the verb tense:
  1. : For the present simple and the past simple of ‘be’ and for modal verbs, We change the position (or ‘invert’) the verb and the subject.
  2. For the past simple and the present simple of all other English verbs (not ‘be’), We add an extra word, like ‘do / does’ or ‘did.
  3. We change the position of the first auxiliary verb and the subject. This is for all other tenses, for example the present perfect, the present continuous or the future perfect continuous.

To make the ‘wh’ kind, just put the question word in front of any ‘yes / no’ question: Is he coming (‘yes / no’) becomes When is he coming? (‘wh’)

Examples for ( ‘yes / no’) questions:

  • Are you coming to the party?
  • Have you been working hard?
  • Will you come?
  • Do you like ice cream?

Examples for (‘wh’) questions :

  • Who are you?
  • when I called you?
  • Why had you been working hard?
  • Where can we meet ?

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