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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
Last edited by symaa; 29-May-2011 at 13:26.
NOT A TEACHER
DEAR FELLOW MEMBER SYMAA:
(1) Yes, many learners are confused about how to ask a question in
(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.
"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.
Last edited by symaa; 29-May-2011 at 21:43.
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.