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What's the question?

Forming questions can be a little difficult for elementary and pre-intermediate students, particularly when forming questions using ‘be’, modal verbs, and those open answers that require question words, so here is your chance to practise.

Below are four sets of answers (A total of 56!). Can you write the questions? (NOTE: with some of the questions, there may be more than one possible answer.)


The questions and answers can be downloaded separately below.


Example: Yes, I am a student.  Are you a student?

  1. Yes, I am a teacher.

  2. No, I’m not going to London.

  3. Yes, he’s making a cake.

  4. No, she’s not playing tennis.

  5. Yes, you’re in the classroom.

  6. Yes, we’re learning maths tomorrow.

  7. No, they were not having English lessons.

  8. No, I wasn’t reading any fantasy books.

  9. Yes, we were in London yesterday.

  10. Yes, she was cooking dinner last Sunday.


Example: Yes, I can play tennis. Can you play tennis?

  1. Yes, I can play the piano.

  2. Yes, we can take the train to the airport.

  3. No, we don’t have to do our homework.

  4. Yes, she will drive you to work.

  5. No, they won’t open the doors.

  6. Yes, you may open the window.

  7. Yes, we should tell them the news.

  8. No, we didn’t have to buy those shoes.

  9. Yes, they drove all the way to Italy last week.

  10.  Yes, they forgot to tell Simon about the meeting yesterday afternoon.


Example: The meeting is at six o’clock. When is the meeting or what time is the meeting?

  1. We have to start lessons at 12 o’clock.

  2. The green car is the Ford.

  3. I don’t know what we have to do.

  4. The school is in the centre of the village.

  5. Mr. Smith will be giving you English lessons today.

  6. Because our car has broken down, so we have to take the bus.

  7. I need your homework ready by Friday.

  8. It’s my new machine for making cakes.

  9. The man in the green jacket stole the money.

  10. Tokyo is in Japan.

  11. You have to press these two buttons there, and there.

  12. Because you’re only seven, and education is important.

  13. We had to finish the project last Monday.

  14. The TV remote control was down the side of the chair. But I have it now.

  15. Sam broke the window.

  16. He used milk, eggs, flour and a little salt to make pancakes.


And now, let’s mix them all up!

  1. You have to finish dinner by 1 o’clock.

  2. Yes, it can also make waffles.

  3. No, they aren’t going to university next year.

  4. They should go to the church with the three big doors at the front.

  5. Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.

  6. Yes, they could drive down Main Street and not on London Road.

  7. The leisure centre’s only 500 metres from here. Would you like me to tell you how to get there?

  8. No, it isn’t important that we wear formal clothes for the party.

  9. No, I haven’t got Windows 10 yet.

  10. I don’t have enough money to buy an i-phone!

  11. Because it’s dangerous not to wear a safety hat when you are using heavy machines.

  12. The best time would be to do your homework as soon as you get home.

  13. Yes, they missed their flight.

  14. Because he didn’t want to use the bus, so that’s why he was late.

  15. I was at the front of the bus! Didn’t you see me?

  16. If I gave you a hundred pounds, you would spend it all in five minutes!

  17. He told me yesterday morning.

  18. No, she wasn’t going to send me a text message.

  19. Yes, she’s going to call me next Saturday.

  20. Because I can read maps. I don’t need any electronic devices in my car to tell me how to get to places.

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