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Sentences 2 - Types of Sentences
"Why do we like the cherry tree so much?" Is this sentence correct?

Sentences 2 - Types of Sentences

Writing sentences is both an art and a science. It is science because you must follow grammar and other conventions. It is an art because you can be as creative as you want and the way you combine the words makes you stand out from other writers.

In the previous quiz on sentences we looked at sentences as a unit of communication. We found that sentences contain words. We also looked at how sentences have to commence and end. We know that sentences are classified into Assertive, Exclamatory, Imperative and Interrogative sentences. In this quiz we learn more about Interrogative sentences.

Interrogative sentences are sentences where a question is asked. For instance, ‘Do you know the cost of this book?’ is an interrogative sentence and you will notice that just like other sentences, the first word is written with its first letter in capitals. Unlike assertive and imperative sentences interrogative sentences end with a question mark.

Interrogative sentences normally use words such as DO, DOES, DON’T and DOESN’T. Other words such as WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, CAN, COULD and WOULD are also used. Typically, DOES and DOESN’T are used with singular nouns and the pronouns 'he', 'she' and 'it'. DO and DON’T are used with plural nouns and the pronouns 'I', 'you', 'we' and 'they'. For instance, ‘DO you want to go to the movie with me?’ is correct just as ‘DOES he want to go to the movie with me?’ is correct. Similarly, ‘DO I want to go to the movie with him?’ and ‘DO we want to go to the movie with him?’ are also correct usage.

One thing you must guard against is not to get confused between an assertive sentence and an interrogative sentence. Some assertive sentences look like interrogative sentences but actually they are not. For example, the sentence ‘I don’t know if I’ll ever go out with her’ is not a question but an assertive statement. These kinds of sentences should not be confused with a typical interrogative sentence. Play this quiz and learn to write interrogative sentences.

1.
Fill the blank in the sentence with the appropriate word choosing from the four options given. "How --- you know if it is the right way?"
Do
Doesn't
Does
Don't
Answer 2 uses DOESN'T, which is not used for the pronoun 'you' and answer 3 uses DOES, which is also not used for the pronoun 'you'. Answer 4 uses DON'T, which is not used along with 'how' in the context of this sentence
2.
From the following four options choose the correct interrogative sentence.
Do you like cherries?
Does you like cherries?
Do you like cherries.
do you like cherries?
Answer 2 uses DOES, which is not used for the pronoun 'you'. Answer 3 does not end with a question mark and answer 4 does not have the first word's first letter in capitals
3.
From the following four options choose the correct interrogative sentence.
Don't Altaf play football?
Does Altaf Play football?
Does Altaf play football?
Do Altaf play football?
Answer 1 uses DON'T, which is not used for singular nouns. Answer 2 has the word 'Play' written with its first letter in capitals, which is not done for words in the middle of a sentence unless they are proper nouns. Answer 4 uses DO, which is not used for singular nouns such as Altaf
4.
Fill the blank in the sentence with the appropriate word choosing from the four options given. "--- he have to wear a new costume?"
Do
Doesn't
Don't
Why
Answer 1 uses DO, which is not used for the pronoun 'he'. Answer 3 uses DON'T, which is also not used for the pronoun 'he'. Answer 4 would make sense if WHY were followed by either DOES or DOESN'T
5.
Fill the blank in the sentence with the appropriate word choosing from the four options given. "--- the plant need much looking after?"
Does
Do
Don't
Why
Answer 2 uses DO, which is not used for singular nouns. Answer 3 uses DON'T, which is also not used for singular nouns. Answer 4 would make sense if WHY were followed by either DOES or DOESN'T
6.
Fill the blank in the sentence with the appropriate word choosing from the four options given. "--- we have to wear the school tie everyday?"
Why
Does
Doesn't
Don't
Answer 1 would make sense if WHY were followed by either DO or DON'T. Answer 2 uses DOES, which is not used for the pronoun 'we'. Answer 3 uses DOESN'T, which is also not used for the pronoun we
7.
From the following four options choose the correct interrogative sentence.
does a cherry seed bring luck?
Does a cherry seed bring luck.
Do a cherry seed bring luck?
Does a cherry seed bring luck?
Answer 1 does not have the first word's first letter in capitals. Answer 2 does not end with a question mark and answer 3 uses DO, which is not used for singular nouns
8.
What kind of sentence is "I wonder if I'll ever find my torch".
Assertive
Imperative
Interrogative
Exclamatory
The sentence is actually a statement and not a question. Therefore, it is an assertive/declarative sentence
9.
From the following four options choose the correct interrogative sentence.
Why does we like the cherry tree so much?
Why do we like the cherry tree so much?
?Why do we like the cherry tree so much
why do we like the cherry tree so much
Answer 1 uses DOES, which is not used for plural nouns. Answer 3 begins with a question mark whereas it should end with a question mark. Answer 4 does not end with a question mark and also the first word's first letter is not in capitals
10.
From the following four options choose the correct interrogative sentence.
His shirt is dirty. Do he have another shirt?
His shirt is dirty. Don't he have another shirt?
His shirt is dirty. Doesn't he have another shirt?
His shirt is dirty. Doesn't he have another shirt
Answer 1 uses DO, which is not used for the pronoun 'he'. Answer 2 uses DON'T, which is also not used for the pronoun 'he'. Answer 4 does not end with a question mark
Author:  V T Narendra

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