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YES/NO QUESTIONS &
WH - QUESTIONS
M. John Britto
Assistant Professor of English
St. Joseph’s College (Autonomous)
• To make the students learn how to
frame questions in English.
• To help the students to converse in
English by using question-answer
• To enable the students to enhance their
communication skills in English.
• Do I teach children or youngsters?
• When do I teach?
• How many students are in my class?
• What is the purpose of my teaching?
• What methods am I going to use to teach
• Am I committed to my profession?
Purposes of Questions
• The purposes that we list include
• (1) seeking information
• (2) making a request
• (3) beginning a conversation
• (4) making a comment on a situation
• (5) checking knowledge to find out if
someone knows something accurately.
Forming Questions: 2 Types
• Yes/ No Questions • WH Questions
What is a question?
A question is a sentence that asks
• Inverting the subject and the verb
• To Form Yes /No questions, you simply put the
auxilliary - verb TO BE in front of the subject:
• He is an Indian - Is he an Indian?
• Jacob is on leave - Is Jacob on leave?
• Raja is in the classroom - Is Raja in the classroom?
• The children are hungry - Are the children hungry?
• You are tired - Are you tired?
• It is an interesting film - Is it an interesting film?
1. YES/NO QUESTIONS
WITH ‘BE’ FORM VERBS
Sentences to form Questions
Sentences in the present form Sentences in the past form
I am a teacher. I was a teacher.
We are teachers. We were teachers.
You are my friend. You were my friend.
You are citizens of India. You were citizens of India.
He is an honest man. He was an honest man.
She is a child. She was a child.
It is an animal. It was an animal.
They are children. They were children.
Joel is a dentist. Joel was a dentist.
Joel and Peter are engineers Joel and Peter were engineers
Structure of the question: Aux + Subject + rest of the question ?
Fill in the spaces with Do, Does, Is, or Are.
1. ________you a teacher?
2. ________ she have a brother?
3. ________ they from Spain?
4. ________ we need our books?
5. ________ the boy live in the city?
6. ________ the pencils yellow?
7. ________ she 18 years old?
8. ________ Tom and Jane know how to speak French?
9. ________ Rick like hockey?
10. ________ Rick a hockey player?
Simple Present Tense
Sentence in Simple
Yes/ No Questions Wh –Questions
I write I do + write Do I write? Where do I write?
You write You do + write Do you write? Where do you
He write He does + write Does he write? Where does he
They write They do + write Do they write? Where do they
Arun write Arun does + write Arun Antony
Where does Arun
Children write Children do + write Do Children write? Where do Children
Present Continuous Tense
Sentence in Present
Yes/ No Type Questions WH - Questions
I am singing. Am I singing? Where am I singing?
You are running. Are you running? Where are you running?
He is dancing. Is he dancing? Where is he dancing?
They are walking. Are they walking? Where are they walking?
Mathew is writing a book. Is Mathew writing a book. How long is Mathew
writing a book.
The boys are playing Are the boys playing Where are the boys
2. ‘WH’ QUESTIONS
• The students will understand the six types of WH
• The students will gather information by using the
six WH questions
• The students will use this knowledge in different
• These questions are the KEY to learning
• You can never answer these questions with
yes or no
When do we use these
Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?
Place Time Reason Way
• Who do you sit next to in class?
• Who is your father?
• Who do you like better? Dora or
• Who is your godmother?
• Who is your best friend?
• Use who when you want
information about a person
• What are you doing for dinner?
• What did you do last night?
• What are they doing?
• What is in your backpack?
• Use what when you want
information about a thing
• When are you going to do your
• When is your birthday?
• When do we have art class?
• When do the Giants play?
• Use when when you want
information about the time
• Where do you live?
• Where are you?
• Where do you go to school?
• Where can I go get pizza?
• Use where when you want
information about a place
• Why do you want to be a teacher?
• Why do you want to learn English?
• Why is Johnny leaving school
• Why do I need to go to Gym class?
• Use why when you want to know
the reason for something
• How are you feeling?
• How old is your brother?
• How many dogs do you have?
• How do I get to Market Street?
• How was school today?
• Use how when you want to know the
way in which something is done OR
when you want to know the
Use modal verbs to make a request or to obtain more
information about possibilities or uncertainties.
• Can I come with you?
• Could this be true?
• Should they stop?
• May I help you?
• Would you give me
• Yes (you can come).
• Yes (it could be true).
• No (they shouldn't).
• Yes (you may).
• Yes (I would).
• Questions based on pictures of
• Questions based on situations
• Conversation over telephone
Questions on a Picture
• Who is the man in the
• What is he doing?
• Where do you think
• When do you go and
see this man?
• Why do you think he
• How do you think this
will this end?
• The man in the white coat
is a dentist.
• He is looking at the boy’s
• They are in a dentist’s
• You go to the dentist
when your teeth bother
• He is at the dentist to have
his teeth looked at.
• This will be over when the
dentist has finished