Hi, guys =) I’m back. Today we’re going to discuss questions.
We all have questions in our life, starting from Shakespeare and his “to be or not to be?”, and ending with the every-day “Why am I doing this?” Tony Robbins, self-help author and guide, said: “Successful people ask better questions, and as a result they get better answers.”
So let’s learn how to ask the best of questions and become extremely successful.
Walt Disney is very successful, right?
What did Walt Disney do to become successful?
The answer to this question is: Walt Disney founded Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.
So the answer to “What did he make?” is “a new company”.
Is the company the object or the subject in the sentence “Walt Disney founded a new company” ?
It is the object, so the question “What did he make?” is called an object question because its answer is the object.
Object questions are the questions you have always asked, the questions you know very well.
The form usually is:
Wh- + auxiliary verb + subject + Verb (in correct form) …?
We use auxiliary (helping) verbs in object questions.
Object questions use interrogative word order, so the subject and the auxiliary verb switch places.
Please answer these questions:
These are all object questions, because the answer is the object of the sentence.
Now let’s look at this example:
How can we answer this?
Are changes the subject or object in the sentence “Changes happened”?
Yep, the subject. They actually happened, they did the action, they’re not details.
So this question “What happened?” is called a subject question, because the answer is the subject.
These questions don’t use interrogative word order, they use affirmative word order. In order to form them, we take a normal sentence and change the subject to Who or What.
Freddy called this evening. ----> Who called this evening?
The cat jumped on my new dress! ----> What jumped on your new dress? OR What happened to your new dress?
We form subject questions like this:
Wh- + verb + …?
As you see, we don’t use auxiliary verbs in subject questions.
Now tell me this:
Here is all the information in one table:
|Object questions||Subject questions|
|- Normal usual questions
- The answer to this question is the object
- Use auxiliary (helping) verbs
- Question word order
|- The answer to this question is the subject
- No auxiliary verbs
- Subject + verb + object
- Affirmative word order, WH-word is the subject
|Where are you going? – to the hospital
What are you going to wear? – a black dress
|Who told you? – My friend.
You can check out the exercises over here:
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