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Basic Question Types

There are 3 basic types of question:

  1. Yes/No Questions (the answer to the question is "Yes" or "No")
  2. Question Word Questions (the answer to the question is "Information")
  3. Choice Questions (the answer to the question is "in the question")

1. Yes/No Questions

auxiliary verb subject main verb   Answer
Yes or No
Do you want dinner? Yes, I do.
Can you drive?   No, I can't.
Has she finished her work? Yes, she has.
Did they go home? No, they didn't.
Exception! verb be simple present and simple past
  Is Anne French? Yes, she is.
  Was Ram at home? No, he wasn't.

2. Question Word Questions

question word auxiliary verb subject main verb   Answer
Information
Where do you live?   In Paris.
When will we have lunch? At 1pm.
Who(m) did she meet?   She met Ram.
Who has   run out? Ati has run out.
Who*     ran out? Ati ran out.
Why hasn't Tara done it? Because she can't.
Exception! verb be simple present and simple past
Where is Bombay? In India.
How was she? Very well.
*When who is subject there is normally no auxiliary verb in past simple and present simple.

3. Choice Questions

auxiliary verb subject main verb   OR   Answer
In the question
Do you want tea or coffee? Coffee, please.
Will we meet John or James? John.
Did she go to London or New York? She went to London.
Exception! verb be simple present and simple past
  Is your car white or black? It's black.
  Were they $15 or $50? $15.

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These pages show the three basic types of question. There are other types of question, for example tag questions.

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