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WORD ORDER IN ENGLISH QUESTIONS

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In this post, you are able to learn and put in practice
how to word order in English questions.





1. Questions without question words and be

Subject and verb change their position in statement and question.
  • Sentence: You are from Germany.
  • Question: Are you from Germany?
We always use the short answer, not only Yes or No.
That's why questions without question words are also called YES/NO-questions.





2. Questions with question words and be

Question word
Verb
Subject
Rest
Answer
Where
are
you
from?
I am from Stuttgart.
I'm from Stuttgart.
What
is
your name?

My name is Peter.
How
are
Pat and Sue?

They are fine.
They're fine.



Questions with question words are also called WH-questions.






3. Questions without question words and have

Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Yes/No
Subject
Auxiliary (+ n't)
Have
you
got
a cat?
Yes,
I
have.
Have
you
got
a new car?
No,
we
haven't.
Has
your brother
got
a bike?
Yes,
he
has.
Do
you
have
a cat?
Yes,
I
do.
Do
you
have
a new car?
No,
we
don't.
Does
your brother
have
a bike?
Yes,
he
does.








4. Questions with question words and have
Question word
Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Answer
Where
have
you
got
your ruler?
I've got it in my pencil case.
Where
do
you
have
your ruler?
I have it in my pencil case.








5. Questions without question words in the Simple Present
Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Yes/No
Subject
Auxiliary (+ n't)
Do
you
read
books?
Yes,
No,
I
I
do.
don't.
Does
Peter
play
football?
Yes,
he
does.








6. Questions with question words in the Simple Present
Question word
Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Answer
What
do
you
play
on your computer?
I play games on my computer.
When
does
your mother
go
to work?
She goes to work at 6 o'clock.








7. Questions without question words in the Simple Past
Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Yes/No
Subject
Auxiliary (+ n't)
Did
Max
play
football?
Yes,
No,
he
he
did.
didn't.



BUT:

to be
Subject
Rest
Yes/No
Subject
Auxiliary (+ n't)
Were
you
in Leipzig last week?
Yes,
No,
I
I
was.
wasn't.








8. Questions with question words in the Simple Past
Question word
Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Answer
What
did
you
play
yesterday evening?
I played computer games.



BUT:

Question word
to be
Subject
Rest
Answer
Where
were
you
yesterday?
I was at the cinema.








9. Subject question
Question word
Verb
Rest
Subject
Verb
Rest
Who
runs
to the shop?
Peter
runs
to the shop.








10. Object question
Question word
Auxiliary
Subject
Verb
Rest
Answer
Who
did
Mandy
phone
last Monday?
Mandy phoned her uncle.




NOTE!



Subject question
Object question
Who phoned John?
Who did John phone?








 Now, try to do the following exercises
to reinforce it.































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