There are two main kinds, yes / no - questions and special questions:

The yes/no - questions are answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ . For example...

 

Do you like dogs?

Do you like dogs 

Is he from Japan?

 Is he from Japan

Have you been to Spain?

 Have you been to Spain


Special questions need more information in the answer. They use a question word like 'where', 'why', 'how' etc.

Where do you live?

 Where do you live

What did she do yesterday?

 What did she do yesterday

Where is the station?

 Where is the station


They are made in three different ways in English grammar, depending on the verb tense: We change the position (or 'invert') the verb and the subject. This is used for the present simple and the past simple of 'be' and for modal verbs.


He is a singer. Is he a singer?

He is a singer. Is he a singer

Тhey were worried. Were they worried?

Тhey were worried. Were they worried

I can swim. Can I swim?

I can swim. Can I swim.


We add an extra word, like 'do / does' or 'did'.
This is used for the past simple and the present simple of all other English verbs (not 'be').

 

Do you like pizza?

 Do you like pizza

Did he change the game?

 Did he change the game


We change the position of the first auxiliary verb and the subject.

This is for all other tenses, for example the present perfect, the present continuous or the future perfect continuous.

He is reading. Is he reading?

He is reading. Is he reading

 

To make the special question, just put the question word in front of any 'yes / no' question: Is he travelling ('yes / no') becomes When is he travelling? ('wh')


Yes / No:


Present simple 'be'

Are you tired?

Are you tired

 

Present simple other verbs

Do you like pasta?

Do you like pasta

 

 


Present continuous

Are you coming to the concert?

Are you coming to the concert.

 

Past simple 'be'

Were you at home last night?

Were you at home last night.

 

Past simple other verbs

Did you go out yesterday?

Did you go out yesterday

 

 


Past continuous

Were you watching TV at 10 last night?

Were you watching TV at 10 last night


Present perfect

Have you eaten?

Have you eaten

 


Modals

Can you swim?

Can you swim

 

Must you leave?

Must you leave

 

 


Special questions:


Present simple 'be'

Who are you?

Who are you

 

Present simple other verbs

Where do you play tennis?

Where do you play tennis.

 

Present continuous

When are you coming to the party?

When are you coming to the party

 

 


Past simple 'be'

Where were you last night?

Where were you last night

 

Past simple other verbs

How did you do it?

How did you do it


Past continuous

What were you doing when I called you?

What were you doing when I called you

 

Present perfect

What have you eaten?

What have you eaten

 

 

 


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