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    "What makes you laugh?"

    Hey,
    First I would like to know if this sentence is correct:
    What makes you laugh?

    Now I would like to know the same about this:
    Does this make sense?

    My current opinion:
    Make can only be a main verb when we use what/who and maybe some other question words.
    If a sentence begins with something else (like does) make cannot be a main verb.
    Is this okay?

    I'm a bit unsure about this:
    When does he make breakfast?

    Is it also okay or don't I need the does because when is a question word?

    Thank you!

    Cheers!

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    Re: "What makes you laugh?"

    All three sentences are grammatical.

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    Exclamation Re: "What makes you laugh?"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hey,
    First I would like to know if this sentence is correct:
    What makes you laugh?

    Now I would like to know the same about this:
    Does this make sense?

    My current opinion:
    Make can only be a main verb when we use what/who and maybe some other question words.
    If a sentence begins with something else (like does) make cannot be a main verb.
    Is this okay?

    I'm a bit unsure about this:
    When does he make breakfast?

    Is it also okay or don't I need the does because when is a question word?

    Thank you!

    Cheers!
    You use question words (such as: who, what, when, where etc) to ask about specific qualities, times, places, people etc They are also known as interrogative pronouns So they can be directly used at the beginning of a sentence to ask question using a main verb; as: .
    Who studies German?
    What is that?
    Which boy won the race?

    You can also use a main verb to ask question using, as usual, an auxiliary verb and adopt the same interrogative structure with the question word put at the beginning;
    Q. word + aux verb + subject +main verb
    Examples:
    Who do you like?
    What does he do at weekends?
    When do you like going out?
    Where do you live?

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