Auxiliaries in Questions

In this lesson, we will learn how the auxiliaries are used to frame different types of questions.

This will help you to frame questions correctly. Also, it will help you a lot in your spoken English.

A. In the formation of information questions (wh questions):

1 1. What is your father?
2. What are you doing?
3. What did they buy?
My father is an engineer.
I am/was reading a novel.
They bought a scooter.
Reading a novel
A scooter
2 1. Which is your native place?
2. Which do you like, blue or white?
3. Which is running fast, the hare or the deer?
My native place is Trichy.
I like the blue one.
The deer is running fast.
The deer
3 1. Where is your mother?
2. Where have you gone?
My mother is at home.
I have gone to Chennai.
At home
To Chennai
4 1. When did you return?
2. When will she get up?
I returned on Monday.
She will get up at 6am.
At 6am
5 1. Why are you crying?
2. Why did you come late?
Because I last my purse.
Because I missed the bus.
I lost my purse
I missed the bus
6 1. How is your mother now?
2. How do you find the novel?
My mother is better now.
The novel is very interesting.
Very interesting

B. Yes / no questions:

1 1. Am/was I clear?
2. Am/was I not tired?
3. Am/was I not your friend?
Yes, you are clear/ No you are not clear.
Yes, you are tired/ No you are not tired.
Yes, you are my friend/
No you are not my friend.
2 1. Are/were you playing?
2. Are/were they swimming?
Yes, I am/was playing/ No I am/was not playing.
Yes, they are/were swimming/
No, they are/were not swimming.
3 1. Is/was he very poor?
2. Is/was it very cloudy?
Yes, he is/was poor/ No he is/was not very poor.
Yes, it is/was very cloudy/ No, it is/was not
very cloudy.
4 1. Has she attended the special class?
2. Has he finished the work?
Yes, she has attended the special class/
No, she has not attended the special class.
Yes, he has/No, he hasn't finished the work.
5 1. Have you/I/we/ they arrived?
2. Have you/I/we/they brought lunch?
Yes, they/I/you/we have/
No, they/I/you/we haven't arrived.
Yes, I/we/you/they have/
No, I/we/you/they haven't brought lunch.
Yes, I... had visited the
6 1.Had I/we/you/he/she/it/they visited the Taj Mahal. No I.... hadn't visited the Taj Mahal. Yes/no

7 1. Shall I use your dictionary?
2. Can I sit here?
3. Will you help me?
4. Would you lend me your pen?
5. May I help you?
6. My I come in?
7. Might we follow these rules?
8. Could you stop talking like this?
9. Must we listen to this nonsense?
10. Could you do me a favour?
11.Shall we go to the movie?
12. Can you show me the way to the church?
1. yes/ok
2. by all means
3. definitely
4. Sure
5. why not
6. with pleasure
7. of course you can
8. yes, of course
9. very kind of you
1. no, I need it now
2. No, you cannot
3. no, I am sorry
4. I am sorry
5. No thanks
6. I can busy now
7. No. I am new to this place.
8. I am not sure
9. Sorry, I don't know
8 1. Do you understand me?
2. Did he write the examination?
3. Does she dance well?
4. Do they follow your advice?
5. Did we choose the wrong method?
1. yes
2. I think so
3. no
4. yah
5. I am afraid, we did
6. I hope so
1. no