People often stumble (have trouble) over questions in English, but the rule is quite simple: you need to use an auxiliary in the first instance, (do/does) followed by the subject of the question, (you, she, they, etc.) and then the verb you want to use in its infinitive (unconjugated) form. You don’t need to conjugate the verb because the auxiliary (do/does) is already conjugated.
Do this anytime you want to ask a question in English, except when using certain modal verbs (can, could, may, might, must, will, would) and be. This means that we use an auxiliary for most questions asked in English!
Are you ready for some examples?
- Do you like hot chocolate in winter?
- Does your sister train everyday?
- Do you buy your shoes at the mall?
- Do these come in my size?
- Does Fred know we start at 10am?
- Do we have to wear these stupid hats?
- Do they know we’re coming?
- Does Karina have the file with her?
These are the simplest questions you could ask, and they generally require only a one work answer: yes or no.
If you’d like to add a question word or phrase (who, what, when, where, how much, what time, etc.) you put it in front of the auxiliary (do/does). Eg.: Where do you buy your clothes? But more on that next week!
Do you have any questions? Leave them in the comments if you do!