1.9 Present Tense: Regular Verbs (questions)
Hey guys, and welcome back to your third lesson about regular verbs in the present tense. Remember when I said in Lesson 1.7 that we were going to cover all of the regular verbs in just three short lessons? Well, I kept my promise. We’ve talked about regular verbs in the positive and negative forms, and today, we’ll cover how to use the question form. The good news, this may be our simplest lesson yet!
There is a simple three-step formula that we use in order to ask a “yes or no” question with regular verbs. Step One: Start the sentence with either “Do” or “Does.” If subject of the sentence is “he,” “she,” or “it,” we begin our question with “Does.” For all the other pronouns, we begin the question with “Do.” Step Two: after the helping verb “do” or “does”, we put the subject. And Step Three: we end with the verb. Notice that the main verb doesn’t change. The only thing that changes when we ask a question is the form of “do” or “does” and then the subject.
Let’s look at the examples in the blue boxes up top. We have the question, “Do you need our help?” What if the subject of this sentence were a man named Kevin? We would say, “Does Kevin need our help?” or “Does he need our help?” Did you see how we changed “Do” to “does”, but the main verb, “need” stayed the same?
Let’s practice a little bit together. I’ll give you a subject pronoun and a verb in the infinitive and you can make it into a question. Ready? “They” with the verb “to talk.” The question would be “Do they talk?” Let’s do one more example. “She” and the verb “to read.” In question form, we can ask “Does she read?”
After that simple explanation, you’re ready to dominate the exercises!
The interrogative form is used to ask “yes or no” questions about what a person or thing does.
1. To form questions with regular verbs, the sentences starts with “Do” or “Does”, and then is followed by the subject.
2. The main verb doesn’t change form. Only the use of do/ does changes.