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)

Notes
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.

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