4 Most Common Conversations – Part 2

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

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!”


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