Questions in English (Overview) EP.1

In this lesson, we will focus on the different types of questions in the English language.
A question is an interrogative expression often used to find out or confirmation information. There are a lot of different types of questions in English such as object, subject, time, duration, get, modality, indirect, open, closed, etc…
Questions are formed by placing an auxiliary verb in front of the subject in a sentence.

Statement: They are reading the blogs in order to improve their English skills.
Question: Are they reading the blogs in order to improve their English skills?

Statement: The businessmen travel to a lot of different countries every year.
Question: Do the businessmen travel to a lot of different countries every year?

Basically, there are two main categories of questions: Wh-word and Yes/No questions.

The Different Types of Questions in English

       #   Type Example Sentence
       
1.   Object How many people did you invite to the
production meeting yesterday?
       
2.   (Yes/No) Did you invite anyone to the production
meeting yesterday?
       
3.   Subject Who invited the suppliers to the
production meeting yesterday?
       
4.   Duration How long did the production meeting last yesterday?
       
5.   Time What did you do after the production meeting finished?
       
6.   Modality Should we invite the suppliers to the
production meeting?       (advice)
       
7.   Get What time did you get to the production
meeting yesterday?    (arrive)
       
8.   Indirect Could you tell me what time the meeting
started?
       
9.   Open-ended What are the production meetings like on Wednesdays?
       
10.   Closed-ended Where do you have the production
meeting every Wednesdays?
       
11.            Echo                                     A: We covered all ten items.
B: You covered how many items?
       
12.   Follow-upWhen will you send out the minutes for the production meeting?
       
13.   General 
Interest    
How are you finding the production meetings on Wednesdays?
       
December 30, 2020

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