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Lesson 1A

Questions

Yes / No Questions

A sentence has a subject and a verb. (Hold your mouse pointer over a highlighteda highlighted word word to see its type.)

Marysubject dancesverb.
(subject) (verb)

To ask a yes / no question, we use do, does, or did.

Does Mary dance?

Do Mary’s friends dance?

Did Mary dance when she was a child?

Sometimes a sentence has a helping verb, too. (Hold your mouse pointer over a highlighteda highlighted word word to see its type.)

Marysubject canhelping verb dancemain verb.

(subject) (helping verb) (main verb)

When the sentence has a helping verb, we do not use do to ask a yes / no question. Instead, we change the word order. (Hold your mouse pointer over a highlighteda highlighted word word to see its type.)

Marysubject canhelping verb dancemain verb. arrow pointing right Canhelping verb Marysubject dancemain verb?

(subject) (helping verb) (main verb) arrow pointing right (helping verb) (subject) (main verb)

We also change the word order to ask yes / no questions with the verb “to be”.

Marysubject is“to be” a dancer. arrow pointing right Is“to be” Marysubject a dancer?

(subject) (“to be”) arrow pointing right (“to be”) (subject)

Look at the statements and questions below. We change the statements’ word order to ask questions. Click to hear the statements and questions.

Statement

Subject + helping verb + main verb.

Yes / No Question

Helping verb + subject + main verb?

Bob will study.

Will Bob study?

Alex will not drive.

Won’t Alex drive?

Fred was running.

Was Fred running?

They have eaten.

Have they eaten?

Doris couldn’t breathe.

Couldn’t Doris breathe?

We should go.

Should we go?