Exercise 1

Order the words to make questions.

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  • do
  • ?
  • how
  • you
  • go to the gym
  • often
  • she
  • what
  • does
  • time
  • get up
  • ?
  • ?
  • is
  • there
  • who
  • the
  • man
  • ?
  • sister
  • is
  • from
  • your
  • where
  • ?
  • exercise
  • does
  • he
  • do



Word order in questions

The order of words in an English question in present simple is: QWASI: (Question Word) + Auxiliary + Subject + Infinitive.

  • What do you do?
  • Where do they live?

In Yes-No questions (questions that we answer saying yes or no) there is NO Question Word.

  • Do you speak English?
  • Does she live here?

The auxiliary verb in present simple is be or do/does.

Questions with am/is/are

When the verb in the sentence is be, we use am/is/are as the auxiliary verb before the subject. Then the word order is QWAS: (Question Word) + Auxiliary (am/is/are) + Subject
questions with 'be'

Questions with do/does

When we have a verb that is not be, we use do/does as the auxiliary verb.
questions – word order
We use does with he/she/it and do with I/you/we/they. Remember that the main verb after the subject is in the infinitive form (NO -s or -es).

  • What does she do(NOT What does she does?)
  • Where does he work ? (NOT Where does she works?)


Question words

question words

What + noun

We often use the question word what + noun as a question word: what time, what colour, what size, etc.

  • What colour is your jacket?
  • What size do you want?
  • What car does he have?


How + adjective/adverb

We can also use how + adjective/adverb  as a question word in phrases like how often, how old, how tall, etc.

  • How fast is your car?
  • How big is her house?
  • How often do you do sport?


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