Part 2 – Giving/asking for information/direction
Questions are most powerful language learning tools you have as a learning of English. The more questions you ask, the more vocabulary and the the more information you learn. The person who asks more questions actually controls the conversation!
There are two types of questions in English Yes/No Questions and Content/Information Questions.
Yes/No Questions are formed differently than Content/Information Questions.
In a normal English statement/declaration the word order is:
SUBJECT VERB OBJECT OBLIQUE (period)
Randy drove the car yesterday.
Yes/No Question Formation moves the Auxiliary of the verb in front of the Subject
AUX-Verb SUBJECT Main VERB OBJECT OBLIQUE (question mark -?)
Did Randy drive the car yesterday?
Of course Yes/No questions are useful, but they are VERY SPECIFIC, asking for confirmation of a particular thing or event. This can be confusing. For example:
The man asks, “Does your dog bite?”
The woman answers, “No.”
The man reaches out to the dog and the dog bites his hand.
“Ouch!” cries the man. “I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite?”
The woman, “That is not MY dog!”