Word Order in Questions

Which is correct – “I can have an apple?” or “Can I have an apple?”
The order (sequence) of words in an English sentence is often different from the word order of the same sentence in other languages.  The word order in a question is even a little more difficult.

This picture may help you.  It’s called the “Question Hand”.  To make a Yes/No question, start at the pointer finger.  The “X word” can be an auxiliary (helping) verb or the only verb in the question.
Examples: Did (x word) he (subject) eat (main verb) dinner with you?  Is she coming home?  Can I have an apple?  Are you okay?

To make other informational (open-ended) questions, start with the thumb.
Examples: Where (question word) do (x word) you (subject) live (main verb)?
What time did you get home?

Try to put the words in these questions in the correct order:

 

 

And here is some more explanation, plus many more practice exercises.

Floor vs. Ground

Don’t Say
– (In your kitchen) I dropped a glass on the ground.
– (In your son’s bedroom) Please pick up all your dirty clothes from the ground.
– (In a parking lot) I found $20 on the floor.
– (At a park) I’m throwing bread on the floor for the birds.

Say This:
– (In your kitchen) I dropped a glass on the floor.
– (In your son’s bedroom) Please pick up all your dirty clothes from the floor.
– (In a parking lot) I found $20 on the ground.
– (At a park) I’m throwing bread on the ground for the birds.

Remember:

  • Inside – Use floor  
  • Outside – Use ground  
  • but… what is a “ground floor”??
    • The ground floor of a tall building is usually the same as the ‘first floor’ – at the ground level.

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To register,  come to the Fuller Middle School library –  31 Flagg Drive in Framingham – at 6:00 PM on Wednesday September 13th

Classes meet every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM

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