Question Forms

Interrogative structure is a bit different from declarative structure.  Furthermore, there are quite a few ways to ask a question.  Let's explore them.

 
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levels: ELEMENTARY - ADVANCED

 
 

Students should already be familiar with:

parts of speech // declarative structure // auxiliary verbs

Check out our video guide for tips.

 

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Yes/No Questions and Short Answers

Yes/No Questions are the most basic of interrogative forms.  Mastering yes/no questions opens the doors for creating most other question forms.

 
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Printouts

overview of helping verbs

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Slideshow

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Insider Notes

e.g.: leave 'not' contracted with aux. for negative question

 
 

Indirect Questions

Reported questions, formal inquiries, and polite requests all have a structure that's different from statements as well as from other questions.

 
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Printout

summary of indirect segments

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Insider Notes

e.g.: requests are more likely to have 'if'/'whether' than 'who'/'what'/etc.

 
 
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Subject & Object Questions

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Related Teacher Tip

Using Voice to Convey Meaning:  Try saying the question (or rather, the same words in the same order) with different inflections.  How does that change the meaning of the question?

Read the whole teacher tip.