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Cuando estamos aprendiendo a hablar inglés debemos aprender a formular preguntas porque varían en función: del verbo que se use, si se hace uso de un auxiliar o no, etc. Como las preguntas son una parte primordial de cualquier conversación e imprescindibles en nuestra vida diaria, hoy os mostraremos algunas pautas para que aprendáis a formularlas correctamente. Fijaos en los ejemplos porque os ilustrarán y facilitarán su aprendizaje y, si lo deseáis, podéis aprender más sobre las preguntas en el artículo: “Tail questions”

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How do we make a question in English? Well, it’s very simple. When we want to make a question in the Present Simple or the Past Simple, we use the auxiliary verb ‘do.’ For example:

  • Do you live in Barcelona?
  • Did he speak Spanish when he was a little child?

The first question refers to the present (now), and the second question refers to a time in the past. As we can see, in both questions we use the auxiliary verb ‘do.’

With the verb ‘be’ (present and past), we put the verb before the subject. For example, if we want to change the sentence ‘They are good students’ into a question, we say:

  • Are they good students?

Here are some further examples of questions with the verb ‘be’:

  • John is a doctor. Is John a doctor?
  • We were here yesterday. Were we here yesterday?
  • I’m American. Am I American?

Let’s consider a sentence that contains one or more auxiliary verb, like ‘have,’ ‘will,’ ‘can,’ ‘should,’ or ‘must,’ for example. To make a question with sentences like this, we put the first auxiliary verb before the subject. For example:

  • You can cook well. Can you cook well?
  • Martin has been here for an hour. Has Martin been here for an hour?
  • She should cancel her plans. Should she cancel her plans?

Following the rules described above, you should be able to change any sentence into a question with ease. Practice with the exercise!

A. Edstrom

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