Forming Questions

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Yes/ No Questions. WH Questions. Forming Questions. YES/ NO QUESTIONS. Inverting the subject and the verb. Adding helping verb before the subject. Inverting The Subject And The Verb. When there is:. A helping verb. A modal. To be. As the main verb-these are placed - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Forming QuestionsYes/ No QuestionsWH Questions

  • YES/ NO QUESTIONSInverting the subject and the verb Adding helping verb before the subject

  • Inverting The SubjectAnd The Verb When there is:

    A helping verbA modal

    To be

  • As the main verb-these are placed

    before the subject. (the subject and the verb are inverted).

    The main verb doesnt change its form

  • ExamplesIt is rainingHe has gone outIs it raining?Has he gone out?

  • She doesnt come here often.

    He hasnt phoned us.

    Doesnt she come here often?Hasnt he phoned us?

  • She can play the piano

    Can she play the piano?

  • Adding Helping VerbBefore the Subject When there is no helping verb (as in the Present Simple and the Past Simple) a helping verb is supplied. Do/Does (Present Simple) Did (Past Simple)

  • To form questions this helping verb is placed before the subject. The main verb is always in its base form

  • ExamplesEli jogs every night. Does Eli jog every night?

  • They play tennis twice a week.

    They started work very early.

    Do they play tennis twice a week?Did they start work very early?

  • WH QuestionsWH questions about the subject All other WH- questions

  • WH Questions About The Subject When the questions is about the subject, the WH- word (who, what, which) replaces the subject and the verb is always in the singular. Nothing else changes in the sentence. (there is no inversion of subject and the verb and nothing is placed before the WH- word).

  • ExamplesVera has lost her watch. They are learning French.

    Who has lost her watch?

    Who is learning French?

  • All Other WH- Questions When the question is about the object of the verb or object of a preposition

  • (1) The WH-word (who, whom, what, which) that replaces the object is the first word of the question, and (2) the rest of the questions is exactly like a yes/no question.

  • ExamplesJack plays tennis. Rita is phoning a friend.

    Who is phoning a friend?

    What does Jack play?

  • The plane arrived late because of the weather.

    Why did the plane arrive late?

  • An On Line PracticeOpen the following URL, in order to practice forming Questions in English.


  • The end I hope you Enjoyed your work,

    Michal Mayost