I have a doubt I am wondering whether I am always supposed to place the verb before the pronoun, when asking a question in English?
May 22, 2016 2:38 AM
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Hi Samuel. Let's start with some examples: Yes/No questions - Are you a painter? Is he a nice guy? Have you been there before? Do you know Jane? Object questions - What do you do? How does he do it? How much does it cost? Where is the post office? Subject questions - Who invented the telephone? What is the capital of London? Who took my pen? Yes/No questions - Yes, these all have an auxiliary (helping) verb before the pronoun/subject. Note that these are all formed by switching the subject and verb in a regular statement (e.g. 'He is a doctor' -> 'Is he a doctor?'). If there is only a main verb in the statement, then we use the verb 'do' to form the question (e.g. 'She wants more homework'-> 'Does she want more homework?'). Object questions - these take the form: Question word -> auxiliary (helping) verb -> subject -> main verb So actually, the main verb comes after the subject, but helping verbs (e.g. 'do', 'are', 'have') come before it. Subject questions - the question word is the subject and comes at the start of the sentence. Hope this helps!
May 22, 2016
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