Statement, Question or Command?
Practise this quiz to get familiar with sentence structures.

Statement, Question or Command?

This KS2 English quiz will challenge you on statement, question or command. Statement, question or command are all sentence structures. Sentences can be used in so many different ways: to state facts, to make observations, to ask questions or even to order other people to do things! Changing the word order and choosing the correct punctuation makes all the difference.

If you are making a statement, which punctuation do you use? If asking a question, what should you always end the sentence with? And what about a command - how should that sentence be structured?

See how much you know about statements, commands and questions by trying this English quiz.

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Grass is green. This statement would be an appropriate response to which of the following questions?
Why is grass green?
Why does grass have a colour?
What colour is grass?
How does grass become green?
Sometimes it's fun to create a statement and then think of how many questions it could be the answer to.
You should finish your homework by tomorrow. Change this statement to a command.
Should you finish your homework by tomorrow.
Finish your homework by tomorrow.
Is your homework going to be finished by tomorrow.
You could finish your homework by tomorrow.
Commands tend to sound 'hard' and 'harsh'.
Is the weekend over already? Change this question to a statement.
The weekend isn't already over, is it.
Is the weekend over already.
The weekend is over already.
Is the weekend already over.
The three incorrect answers are still questions, despite having no question mark at the end.
Which one of the following is NOT a question?
Having been knocked off the desk by my elbow, the mug smashed?
You're always late?
Why are you wearing that awful jacket?
Did you really forget to tidy your room?
Some statements can become questions if you use the right inflection (tone of voice). 'You're always late.' would be a simple statement, but 'You're always late?' is a question which suggests disbelief (i.e. I don't believe that you're always late).
Take the dog for a walk. How would you turn this command into a question?
Could you take the dog for a walk?
Would you take the dog for a walk?
Will you take the dog for a walk?
All of the above.
Using verbs such as 'could', 'would' and 'will' make questions sound more polite than commands!
Are you coming to the party tonight? How would you change this question to a statement?
Tonight, there is a party.
Are you coming to the party tonight.
Who is coming to the party tonight.
You are coming to the party tonight.
This is a simple case of swapping the first two words and replacing the question mark with a full stop.
It is raining outside. How would you turn this statement into a question?
It should stop raining outside?
Is it raining outside?
Why is it raining outside?
Where is it raining?
Although adding the word 'why' creates a question, it also changes the meaning, whereas 'Is it raining outside' turns the original statement into a question without changing the meaning.
Which one of the following is NOT a statement?
I am extremely thirsty.
Wait there while I go and take a look.
The sky is clouding over.
You are probably tired after your long day.
'Wait there while I go and take a look' is a command - you can recognise it by the use of the imperative verb, 'wait'.
Are you coming to the party tonight? Make this question into a command.
Come to the party.
Please, could you come to the party?
I want you to come to the party!
You won't come to the party.
Commands usually use imperative (bossy) verbs, such as 'come'.
Which of the following is NOT a command?
Close the curtains and turn on the lights.
See what films are on at the cinema.
Drink your water.
You might want to rest now.
The word 'might' softens the sentence.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Four types of sentence

Author:  Sheri Smith

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