September 18, 2010 - Manjusha
Changing statements into questions
A sentence that tells us something is a statement. If the sentence is in the simple present or simple past tense, it can be changed into a question by using do, does or did as the first word.
- John likes painting. (Statement)
- Does John like painting? (Question)
- I make models from clay. (Statement)
- Do I make models from clay? (Question)
- The boys practise cricket everyday. (Statement)
- Do the boys practise cricket everyday? (Question)
- They played well yesterday. (Statement)
- Did they play well yesterday? (Question)
Do is used in the present tense when the subject is a plural noun or a plural pronoun (we, they, you). Do is also used with I.
Does is used in the present tense when the subject is a singular noun or pronoun (he, she, it).
Did is used in the past tense with both singular and plural subjects.