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    Question Asking a question in English correctly

    Good afternoon

    Really I still have problem in asking question, I am confused whether I should add the verb to do or just keep the verb to be or to have without adding the verb to do,for example sometimes I add the verb to do but it is not necessary . So,how can I ask a question correctly? I whish that I'll have an answer which remove my confusion.

    Thank you in advance
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    Default Re: Asking a question in English correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    Good afternoon

    Really I still have problem in asking question, I am confused whether I should add the verb to do or just keep the verb to be or to have without adding the verb to do,for example sometimes I add the verb to do but it is not necessary . So,how can I ask a question correctly? I whish that I'll have an answer which remove my confusion.

    Thank you in advance
    Regards
    Can you give us an example of a question that you are having trouble constructing please?

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    Default Re: Asking a question in English correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    Good afternoon

    Really I still have problem in asking question, I am confused whether I should add the verb to do or just keep the verb to be or to have without adding the verb to do,for example sometimes I add the verb to do but it is not necessary . So,how can I ask a question correctly? I whish that I'll have an answer which remove my confusion.

    Thank you in advance
    Regards

    NOT A TEACHER


    DEAR FELLOW MEMBER SYMAA:


    (1) Yes, many learners are confused about how to ask a question in

    English.

    (2) Before I forget: here is a "secret":

    Sometimes you do not have to ask a question. You can simply

    make a statement and let your voice rise higher and higher.

    (a) For example, if you cannot ask "Do you speak English?," you

    can say: Excuse me. You speak ENGLISH?

    (b) And if you cannot ask "Is tomorrow the test?," you can

    say: Excuse me. Tomorrow is the TEST?

    OF course, you would do this only in an emergency.

    (3) Obviously, in one post it is impossible to explain fully how

    questions are made, but one thing may be helpful:

    If you are using the verb "to be," forget using "do."

    For a question involving "to be," you need only

    repeat the form of "to be":

    You are a student. ARE you a student?

    Tomorrow will be Monday. WILL tomorrow BE Monday?

    They were eating. WERE they eating?

    *****

    If you are using any OTHER verb, you need to use our old

    friends "do," "does," "did," "has," etc.:

    They swim. DO they swim?

    She swims. DOES she swim?

    She swam. DID she swim?

    She has swum. HAS she swum?


    (4) Just keep posting your questions here, and little by little

    you will understand how to make questions.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Default Re: Asking a question in English correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    Good afternoon

    Really I still have problem in asking question, I am confused whether I should add the verb to do or just keep the verb to be or to have without adding the verb to do,for example sometimes I add the verb to do but it is not necessary . So, how can I ask a question correctly? I whish that I'll have an answer which remove my confusion.

    Thank you in advance
    Regards
    There is no simple answer.
    "Have you a cat?", "Do you have a cat?", and "Have you got a cat?" all mean the same thing. If it were a simple matter of adding a question phrase such as "Est-ce que" before a statement, you would have had your comprehensive answer by now. But English questions don't work that way.

    I suggest that you going to have to put some effort into making your own summary of the different ways English questions can be asked - if necessary from the partial answers you get from different people and from your own reading.

    By the way, the one question you did ask above is correct, so you can add that to your list of correct question constructions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you give us an example of a question that you are having trouble constructing please?
    ok, I 'll post an example as soon as possible.
    Thank you,

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    Default Re: Asking a question in English correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER


    DEAR FELLOW MEMBER SYMAA:


    (1) Yes, many learners are confused about how to ask a question in

    English.

    (2) Before I forget: here is a "secret":

    Sometimes you do not have to ask a question. You can simply

    make a statement and let your voice rise higher and higher.

    (a) For example, if you cannot ask "Do you speak English?," you

    can say: Excuse me. You speak ENGLISH?

    (b) And if you cannot ask "Is tomorrow the test?," you can

    say: Excuse me. Tomorrow is the TEST?

    OF course, you would do this only in an emergency.

    (3) Obviously, in one post it is impossible to explain fully how

    questions are made, but one thing may be helpful:

    If you are using the verb "to be," forget using "do."

    For a question involving "to be," you need only

    repeat the form of "to be":

    You are a student. ARE you a student?

    Tomorrow will be Monday. WILL tomorrow BE Monday?

    They were eating. WERE they eating?

    *****

    If you are using any OTHER verb, you need to use our old

    friends "do," "does," "did," "has," etc.:

    They swim. DO they swim?

    She swims. DOES she swim?

    She swam. DID she swim?

    She has swum. HAS she swum?


    (4) Just keep posting your questions here, and little by little

    you will understand how to make questions.


    Respectfully yours,


    James
    Thank you sir James, you are always very helpful,
    Thanks a lot for your nice explanation.Yes, you are right in speaking, you can just change your intonation, but in writing, here I have problem.
    Thank you again and again,
    My thankfulness and appreciation
    Last edited by symaa; 29-May-2011 at 21:43.

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    Default Re: Asking a question in English correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    Thank you sir James,you are always very helpful,
    Thanks a lot for your good explanation.Yes,you are right in speaking ,you can just change your intonation,but in writing ,here I have problem.
    Regards
    Please review your use of commas in your post above. You may wish to edit it remembering the following ... no space before a comma, always a space after one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    There is no simple answer.
    "Have you a cat?", "Do you have a cat?", and "Have you got a cat?" so there is a slight difference ,as I see , the third example is in the present perfect .So, "Have you a cat?", "Do you have a cat?"are the same?, all mean the same thing. If it were a simple matter of adding a question phrase such as "Est-ce que" before a statement, you would have had your comprehensive answer by now. But English questions don't work that way.

    I suggest that you going to have to put some effort into making your own summary of the different ways English questions can be asked - if necessary from the partial answers you get from different people and from your own reading.

    By the way, the one question you did ask above is correct, so you can add that to your list of correct question constructions.ok, I am not ver bad in asking question, but I have some problems
    Thank you very much for your reply,
    Regards
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    Default Re: Asking a question in English correctly

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please review your use of commas in your post above. You may wish to edit it remembering the following ... no space before a comma, always a space after one.
    Ok, thank you very much for your important notice, I"m going to edit my post.
    All the best

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Can you give us an example of a question that you are having trouble constructing please?
    This is some examples:

    Were you there all the time?/did you are there all the time?
    Did she have to do the shoping yesterday?/had she do the shoping yesterday?
    do you have a laptop? Have you a laptop?
    sometimes verb to do is essential but sometimes is not, and we just inverse the subject and the verb.

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