Subject Questions- Free Speaking


Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Questions
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 8th Jul 2016

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A speech

A sporting event

A teleconference/ A video conference

A trade fair

A visit to… (e.g. a hospital, a temple)

A wedding

A wedding reception

An argument/ A fight

An interview

Being introduced to some people

Going out for drinks

Sharing a house

Some work

Staying at a hotel

Staying at someone’s house

The first day at…

The first week at…

Trying to sell something


Suggested questions

Who did you speak to?

What did you say to him/ her?

How did you reply?

Who spoke to you?

Who started the conversation?

Who spoke more?

Whose party/ home/ office was it?

Who invited you?/ Who did you invite?

What did you do (next)?/ What happened (next)?

Written by Alex Case for © 2016

What did you say/ write (about…)?

Who did you talk to about it?/ Who did you tell about it?

Who recommended it to you?/ Who told you about it?/ Who suggested it to you?

Who told you that…?/ Who said that…?

Who was in charge of…?/ Who was responsible for…?

Who did you…?/ Who… (you)?

Ask about any questions above which you couldn’t understand or couldn’t answer.

Subject questions grammar presentation

What is similar about the phrases in the same column below? How are they different from 

the phrases in the other column?

Who invited you?

Who recommended it to you?

Who spoke more?

Who spoke to you?

Who started the conversation?

Who told you that…?/ Who said that…?

Who did you invite?

Who did you speak to?

Who did you talk to about it?

Who did you tell about it?

What would the long answer be to each question above?

What would the short answer be each time? 

Put brackets around the words in the long answer which are not needed in the short 

answer. Is the short answer the subject or object of the long answer?

Which questions above have the name “subject questions”, do you think?

Which of these two is a subject question? Why?

What did you do (next)?

What happened (next)?

Written by Alex Case for © 2016

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