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Lesson 14
present tense - questions

present tense -- questions

To form a question in the present tense requires the verb “be” or the verb “do.” In this lesson, you will learn how to use the verb “do” as a helping verb for the main verb. 

 

  • Where do you live? 
  • Do you go to school? 
  • Does this website help you? 
  • Do your friends learn English? 
  • Why do you learn English? 
  • Do you understand English? 
  • Are you a student? (This question uses the verb “be.”)

Choose the correct verb. Answers are below.* 

  1. ________ she have it? 
  2. ________ they have it? 
  3. What _______ you have? 
  4. ________ I your teacher? 
  5. ________ you like English? 

14a. the present tense -
yes/no questions ✍🏾

do + subject + the main verb

The main verb is in the simple form. 

The helping verb “do” goes before the subject. 

The answer is “yes” or “no.” 

singular

Do I understand?  

Do you understand?

Does he understand?

Does she understand? 

Does it understand? 

 

plural

Do we understand? 

Do you understand?  

Do they understand? 

helping verb = do or does

main verb = understand

The main verb is in the simple form. 

Note:  English speakers often answer a question that begins with “do” with “yes” or “no.”

14a. examples ✍🏾

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  • Does he go to the skatepark?
  • Does it look like fun? 
  • Do you know how to ride a skateboard?

How do you answer these questions? 

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English is interesting. 

Do you agree?

Yes. (or)

Yes, I do.  

 

Note: If a question begins with the verb “do,” it’s good practice to answer with “do.” 

14b. the present tense -
information questions ✍🏾

question word + do + subject + the main verb

The main verb is in the simple form. 

The helping verb “do” goes before the subject. 

Use where, why, when, how, how many….

singular

Where do I go?  

Where do you go? 

Where does he go? 

Where does she go?

Where does it go?

 

plural

Where do we go?

Where do you go?

Where do they go? 

helping verb = do or does

main verb = understand

The main verb is in the simple form. 

Note:  Use this type of question to ask for information. 

14b. examples ✍🏾

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  • Where does he go on the weekend? 
  • What does he do there? 
  • How often does he ride his skateboard?

How do you answer these questions? 

  • A: What do I have in my hand? 
  • B: You have a wrench. 

 

*Answers: 1. Does;  2. Do;  3. do;  4. Am;  5. Do

present tense questions – do (PDF)

present tense questions – do

 

 

Part A – Directions: Write the main verb and the helping verb to form yes-no questions. 

 

  1. ________ you __________ a daily schedule? (have) 
  2. ________ your teacher _________ assignments to the students? (give) 
  3. ________ it ___________ a long time? (take) 
  4. ________ I ___________ you? (know)
  5. ________ your friend __________ next to you? (sit) 
  6. ________ it __________ a lot in your city? (rain) 
  7. ________ we _________ to school on Monday? (go) 
  8. ________ she  _________ any pets or animals at home? (have) 
  9. ________ David __________ to move from his apartment? (want) 
  10. ________ everyone always  ___________? (agree) 

 

Part B – Directions: Write the main verb and helping verb for each information question. 

 

  1. Where ________ you _________? (live) 
  2. How much money  ________ he __________ every week? (make) 
  3. How ________ I ___________ the computer? (turn on) 
  4. Why ________ it ___________ so hot in this room? (get) 
  5. How many people __________ at that company? (work)* 
  6. When ________ the sun __________ every morning? (rise) 
  7. What time _________ you __________ ? (wake up) 
  8. Where _________ they __________ their groceries? (buy) 
  9. How much _________ the sandwich ___________? (cost)
  10. Who(m) _________ you ___________ here? (know)
*Question #5 does not require “do.” Just use the main verb. 

In Lesson Fifteen, you learn about how to form questions for information. 

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