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There are many types of questions in English. The easiest are questions that can be answered yes or
no.

A:Areyoufromaroundhere?
B:Yes,Iam.A:Doyoucomehereoften?
B:Yes,Ido.A:CanIbuyyouadrink?
B:No,thanks.A:Areyoumarried?
B:Yes,Iam.

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Toformaquestionfromastatement,firstcountthenumberofverbs.

Johnisadoctor. Oneverb:is(be)

Janedrivesasportscar. Oneverb:drives

Joanplayedbasketballlastnight. Oneverb:played

Janiseatingherdinner. Twoverbs:iseating

Junehasrentedanapartment. Twoverbs:hasrented

Jenhasbeenlivingtheresince1969. Threeverbs:hasbeenliving


If there is one verb in the statement and the verb is a form of be, simply switch the positions of the
subjectandverb.

Statement Question

Johnisadoctor. IsJohnadoctor?

TheJensensarehere. AretheJensenshere?


Iftherearetwoverbs,simplyswitchthepositionsofthesubjectandfirstverb.

Statement Question

Janiseatingdinner. IsJaneatingdinner?

Junehasrentedanapartment. HasJunerentedanapartment?

Jenhasbeenlivingheresince1969. HasJenbeenlivingheresince1969?

Ifthereisoneverb,andtheverbisnotaformofbe,theprocessismorecomplex.

1.AddDotothebeginningofthesentence.

TheJohnsonsliveinthathouse. DotheJohnsonsliveinthathouse?


2.Ifthemainverbcarriesathirdpersonsingulars,movethestoDo,makingitDoes.

Janedrivesacar. DoJanedrivesacar?(Notfinished
yet!)

DoesJanedriveacar?(Good
question!)

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3.Ifthemainverbcarries"pasttense,movethepasttensetoDo,makingitDid.

Joanplayedbasketballlastnight. DoJoanplayedbasketball?(Notfinished
yet!)

DidJoanplaybasketball?(Goodquestion!)

Inconversation,mostquestionsareaskedofthesecondperson(you)andansweredinthefirst(I).

A:AreyoufromCalifornia?
B:No,ImfromOregon.Areyou?
A:Yes,ImfromHollywood.
B:Doyouknowanymoviestars?
A:No,Idontgooutatnight.

In British English, the main verb have sometimes functions like be in questions. This is not common in
AmericanEnglish.

Statement Question

Youhaveapetferret. Haveyouapetferret?(British)

Doyouhaveapetferret?(American)

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