Writing Prompt ~ Auxiliary Verbs in Questions
Writing Prompt: Question formation can be tricky in English. It is usually easy for English learners to learn the correct question words (who, why, what, where, etc.), but difficult to learn how to use the small helping words called “auxiliary verbs”. For example, a person may incorrectly ask, “Why she acting like that?” instead of “Why is she acting like that?” You may also hear English learners say, “How you do it?” rather than “How do you do it?” It takes a lot of practice to get the little words right. Incorrect question formation can become a fossilized error. This means that over time it begins to sound right to you, and even your friends and teachers may accept that this is how you speak or write. Review the following types of questions and pay special attention to the auxiliary verbs. Then write a monologue (a conversation with one’s self) that is going on inside your head about something that is bothering you or causing you stress. Try to use only questions.