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Lesson 7
be - information questions -present tense

An information question asks for information about a person or a thing. The most common words used to make these questions are “who” for a person and “what” for a thing.

 

The video shows how to use “who” and “what” when asking questions with the verb “be” in the present tense. 

7a. Who + (be) + pronoun ✍🏽

Singular

Who am I? 

Who are you?

Who is he? 

Who is she? 

Who is it?*

Plural

Who are we? 

Who are you? 

 

Who are they? 

Use “who” to ask questions about people. 

*When you ask about someone you can’t see, use “Who is it?” 

7a. Examples

Singular

Who is she? 

subject: Who

verb: is (linking verb)

subject complement: she

Answer: She is my neighbor. 

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Plural

Who are they? 

subject: Who

verb: are (linking verb) 

subject complement: they

Answer: They’re our friends

 

7b. What + (be) + pronoun ✍🏽

examples

Singular

What am I? 

What are you?

What is he?* 

What is she?* 

What is it? 

Plural

What are we? 

What are you? 

 

What are they? 

Use “what” to ask questions about things and people. 

*To ask about a person’s occupation, you may use “what.” 

What is he?

He’s a teacher.

7b. Examples

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What is it? 

subject: What

verb: is (linking verb)

subject complement: it

Answer: It’s a bike

What are they? 

subject: What 

verb: are (linking verb) 

subject complement: they

Answer: They’re bikes

Practice

Who / What + (Be) + Subject Complement

 

Directions: Write the correct form for the verb “be” and a matching subject complement for each question. 

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  1. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (a woman) 

  2. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (a group of women) 

  3. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (someone you can’t see)

  4. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (someone you are talking to) 

  5. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use the word “hungry”) 

  6. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use the word “here”) 

  7. What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (a group of things) 

  8. What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (a man’s occupation) 

  9. What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (a woman’s occupation) 

  10. What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “the” + “matter” or “problem”)

  11.  What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “their names”) 

  12.  What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “your name”) 

  13.  Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “that”) 

  14.  Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “I”) 

  15. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “there”) 

  16. Who _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (Use “home) 

  17.  What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _? (use “this”) 

  18.  What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “that”) 

  19.  What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “these”) 

  20. What _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ? (use “those”) 

In the next lesson, you learn about prepositions. 

 

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