The interrogative form - Free english lesson
Chapter Word order in simple sentences


There are several ways of forming the simple interrogative sentence :

- The use of the auxiliary do : auxiliary do + subject + verb + object
Do you want a piece of cake ?
(Do ? auxiliary ; you ? subject ; want ? verb ; a piece of cake ? object).
Do you like this song?
(Do ? auxiliary ; you ? subject ; like ? verb ; this song ? object).
Does she come tonight?
(Does ? auxiliary ; she ? subject ; come ? verb ; tonight ? object).

- The inversion of the verb with the subject : verb + subject + subject complement
Is he tall ?
(Is ? verb, he ? subject, tall ? subject complement).

- Sentence beginning with the Wh words... (what, where, who, which, why, ...) : Wh.... + auxiliary + subject + verb + object
Where does he live?
Who answered you ?


Remark : There is no need for the auxiliary when the interrogative pronoun is subject of the sentence.


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