Tuesday, 17 September 2013

An easy way to form (almost) any question in English

An easy way to form (almost) any question in English

An easy way to form (almost) any question in English

Forming questions in English can be confusing.

Simple Present Questions
Where do you work?
What does Martha think about the project?

Simple Past Questions
How did they learn English so fast?
When did you get home from work yesterday?

Present Continuous Questions
What are you doing at the moment?
Why is he ignoring me?

Past Continuous Questions
Who were you talking to on the phone?
What was Jim doing when you called?

Present Perfect Questions
How much money have you spent on clothes this month?
How long has your teacher worked at this school?

Future Questions
What will your parents think about your plan?
When are you going to clean your room?

Modal Questions
What would you do if you had a million dollars?
How could we improve our English?
Where should I go on my next vacation?


Yes/No questions do not use a question word…

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Basic Helping Verbs in English

Helping Verb #1 – DO
Helping Verb #2 – BE
Helping Verb #3 – HAVE

Use MAY / MIGHT to express “MAYBE”
Use MUST to express NECESSITY (something that is required)
Use WILL / WON’T to express CERTAINTY about the future
Use WOULD to express a HYPOTHETICAL / IMAGINARY situation
Asking Questions with Modal Helping Verbs

How to use the -ING form of verbs in English

English Verb Tenses

5 Types of English Verb + Verb Combinations

#1 – English Verbs + -ING Form

I avoid eating after 10 PM.
I recommend visiting Central Park

#2 – English Verbs + Infinitive (with TO)

He agreed to help me with my homework.
We decided to buy a new car.

#3 – English Verbs + Object + Infinitive (with TO)

I don’t allow my kids to watch violent movies.
The defect caused the machinery to malfunction.

#4 – English Verbs + Infinitive (with TO) or -ING Form

The little girl started crying.
= The little girl started to cry.
I like reading.
= I like to read.

#5 – English Verbs + Object + Simple Form (without TO)

The teacher doesn’t let us use cell phones during class.
(not “let us to use”)
I made my son clean his room.
(not “made my son to clean”)

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