Exercise 3

Write questions for the underlined words. Some of the questions are subject questions and questions with preposition.

1I came to see you. ⇒ Who ?

2She is worried about you. ⇒ Who ?

3I travelled to India with my boyfriend. ⇒ Who ?

4George arrives late every day. every day?

5He was looking at the new building. What ?

6He is writing from Paris. ⇒ Where ?

7I informed John about the meeting. ⇒ about the meeting?

8My manager informed John about the meeting. ⇒ about the meeting?

9A car accident caused him multiple fractures. ⇒ What multiple fractures?

10She believes in ghosts. ⇒ What ?



Subject questions and object questions

We use subject questions when we are asking about who, what, etc. did the action. We do not use an auxiliary verb after the question word if the question word (who, what, etc.) is the subject of the sentence.

  • Who won the match? (NOT Who did win … )
  • What happened last night? (NOT What did happen … )
  • How many people went to the party? (NOT How many people did go …)

When we are asking about the object (after the verb) we use the normal order of the English question: auxiliary verb + subject. These types of questions are called object questions.

Object question vs subject question


Jack called Teresa. (Teresa = object) Jack called Teresa. (Jack = subject)
Who did Jack call? (Who = object) Who called Teresa? (Who = subject)


Questions with preposition

We use questions with preposition when we ask about an element of the sentence that comes after a preposition. In questions with preposition we put the preposition at the end of the question (after the verb, or the verb + object if there is an object).

  • I played tennis with John.  Who did you play tennis with(NOT With who did you…)
  • I work for a multinational company   What company do you work for?
  • We usually talk about sports. What do you usually talk about


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