Questions for beginners

In English, there are different types of questions. In this lesson, you will get to know them briefly and see some examples for each type. Are you ready?

"Questions" in the English Grammar

What Are Questions?

Questions are a special type of sentence that we write or say when we need an answer. In writing, questions are usually followed by a question mark.

Types of Questions

We have two major types of questions in English:

Yes/No Questions

Yes/no questions are those that need either a 'yes' or a 'no' answer.

How to Form Yes/No Questions

If we have verbs like 'be', 'do', and 'have' as auxiliary verbs, we form yes/no questions like this:

Be/Have/Do + Subject + Main Verb

Are you leaving?

Has he called?

Does it look okay?

If there is a modal verb in a sentence, we form yes/no questions like this:

Modal verb + Subject + Main Verb

Can you swim?

Should I go?

If we have no auxiliary or modal verbs, we use the auxiliary verb 'do', 'does', and 'did.'

Do you usually exercise?

Did you forget your keys?

If we use 'be' as the main verb, we just need to change the place of subject with 'be.' We do not use an auxiliary verb.

Is her name Sarah?

Is he your brother?


We form 'wh-questions' with 'wh-words', like 'what', 'when', 'where', 'who', etc. We use them to ask for information. We cannot answer them with 'yes' or 'no'.

How to Form Wh-Questions

If the sentence has an auxiliary verb (be, do or have) or a modal verb, we form 'wh- questions' like this:

Wh- word + be, do or have + subject + main verb
Wh- word + a modal verb + subject + main verb

Where do you live?

What can I do for you?

If the sentence has no auxiliary verbs, and 'what', 'who', 'which', or 'whose' is the subject, we do not use the auxiliary.
The word order is subject + verb.

Who called last night?

What dropped from the tree?


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