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Sentences 4 - Convert Statements to Questions
"Satish played with the cat." Can you change this statement into a question?

Sentences 4 - Convert Statements to Questions

The English language helps to communicate thoughts and ideas in a structured manner. Often in conversations statements are made and arising from these statements questions may be asked. It is useful to learn to convert statements into questions to enrich the quality of conversation.

If I make a statement, 'Roger Federer is the best tennis player' to my friend and he responds 'Is Roger Federer the best tennis player in the world?' My friend has responded by converting my statement into a question.

In order to convert a statement into a question you need to put the verb at the beginning of a sentence and add a question mark at the end. Sometimes the verb may have to be changed and an additional word added. For instance, 'Roger Federer won the Wimbledon tournament in 2012' is a statement and when converted into a question reads 'Did Roger Federer win the Wimbledon tournament in 2012?' Note that we have added 'Did' and changed 'won' to 'win'.

Another simple rule to follow for converting a statement into a question is the use of the verb just before the noun or a pronoun. Also, you must remember to be specific about a noun when two nouns are present in a sentence. For instance, in the sentence ‘Anamika hit Arpana’ you could convert the statement into a question as follows: ‘Did Anamika hit Arpana?’ or ‘Was Arpana hit by Anamika?’ Here, you will notice that the nouns are different and the verbs are also different.

Sentences are converted into questions by normally using words such as DO, DOES, DON’T and DOESN’T. Other words that are used in question sentences include WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, CAN, COULD and WOULD. Typically, DO and DON’T are used with plural nouns and the pronouns 'I', 'you', 'we' and 'they'. DOES and DOESN’T are used with singular nouns and the pronouns 'he', 'she' and 'it.' Take this quiz and learn how to convert statements into questions.

1.
"Satish played with the cat." Change this statement into a question.
Did Satish play with the cat?
Did Satish played with the cat?
Did the cat play with Satish?
Did Satish cat play with?
Here, we need to change the verb 'played' to 'play' and add 'did'. Note that the change is in respect of 'Satish' and not 'Cat'. Answer 3 may be grammatically correct but contextually not right as Satish is the person playing with the cat and we are asking the question with 'Satish' as the subject. Note that 'play' is a regular verb
2.
"Mustaq ate the last cake." Change this statement into a question.
Did last the eat cake Mustaq?
Did eat the cake last Mustaq?
Did cake eat the last Mustaq?
Did Mustaq eat the last cake?
Here, we need to change the verb 'ate' to 'eat' and add 'did'. Note that the change is in respect of 'Mustaq' and not 'Cake'
3.
"He likes eating chocolates." Change this statement into a question.
Do eating chocolates he like?
Does eating chocolates he likes?
Do he like eating chocolates?
Does he like eating chocolates?
Here, we need to change the verb 'liking' to 'like' and add 'does', as 'he' is a singular pronoun. If 'we' were used instead of 'he', then 'do' would have been used instead of 'does'
4.
"We are late." Change this statement into a question.
Late we are?
Are we late?
We late are?
Are late we?
The rule is to put the verb at the beginning of the sentence and add a question mark. The pronoun is always next to the verb
5.
"We won." Change this statement into a question.
Won we?
Win we?
Did we win?
Did we won?
Here, we need to change the verb 'won' to 'win' and add 'did'. Note that 'win' is an irregular verb
6.
"It is snowing." Change this statement into a question.
Is it snowing?
Snowing it is?
Snowing is it?
Is it snowing.
The rule is to put the verb at the beginning of the sentence and add a question mark at the end. Answer 4 does not have a question mark and so is wrong
7.
"You tore the painting." Change this statement into a question.
Did you tear the painting?
Did you tear the painting
Did you painting the tear?
Did you the painting tear?
Here, we need to change the verb 'tore' to 'tear' and add 'did'. Note that 'tear' is an irregular verb
8.
"We have a fight on our hands." Change this statement into a question.
We have on our hands a fight?
Do we fight with our hands?
Do our hands fight?
Do we have a fight on our hands?
The context of the statement allows us to just add 'do' at the beginning and add a question mark to convert the statement into a question. Answers 2 and 3 refer to fighting with the use of hands whereas the sentence has a different meaning
9.
"The tiger mauled the deer." Change this statement into a question.
Did the tiger maul the deer?
Did the deer maul the tiger?
Did maul the deer the tiger?
Did maul the tiger deer?
Here, we need to change the verb 'mauled' to 'maul' and add 'did'. Note that the change is in respect of 'Tiger' and not 'Deer'. Answer 2 may be grammatically correct but contextually not right as the tiger is mauling the deer and not the other way around!
10.
"Navneet is sick." Change this statement into a question.
Sick is Navneet?
Is sick Navneet?
Is Navneet sick?
Sick Navneet is?
The rule is to put the verb at the beginning of the sentence and add a question mark The noun is always next to the verb
Author:  V T Narendra

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