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Asking Questions - Second Part: Simple Past

7. Questions in the Simple Past

Auxiliary

Subject

Verb

Rest

Yes/No

Subject

Auxiliary (+ n't)

Did

Max

play

football?

Yes,
No,

he
he

did.
didn't.

BUT: If there is the auxiliary To Be, then do not use DID.

to be

Subject

Rest

Yes/No

Subject

Auxiliary (+ n't)

Were

you

in Cagliari last week?

Yes,
No,

I
I

was.
wasn't.

 

8. Questions with WH-words in the Simple Past

Question word

Auxiliary

Subject

Verb

Rest

Answer

What

did

you

play

yesterday evening?

I played computer games.

BUT:

Question word

to be

Subject

Rest

Answer

Where

were

you

yesterday?

I was at the cinema.

9. Subject question
If the WH-word is the subject of the sentence, then there is no auxiliary in the question.

Question word

Verb

Rest

Subject

Verb

Rest

Who

runs

to the shop?

Peter

runs

to the shop.

10. Object question
In all the other sentences, where the WH-word is the object, use the auxiliary.

Question word

Auxiliary

Subject

Verb

Rest

Answer

Who

did

Mandy

phone

last Monday?

Mandy phoned her uncle.

See the difference (the subject is in red):

Subject question

Object question

Who phoned John?

Who did John phone?

A person phoned John? Who?

John phoned a person. Who?

 


Complete the following texts.

1. Last year to England on holiday? (you - go)

2. Yes, I .

3. fantastic? (it - be)

4. Yes, It really great. (it - be)

5. lots of interesting places? (you - visit)

6. Well, yes. We the most famous places. (visit)

7. Who you with? (be) [singular]

8. I with two friends of mine . (be)

9. What in the mornings? (you - do)

10. In the mornings we in the streets of London. (walk)

11. What in the evenings? (do)

12. In the evenings we to pubs. (go)

13. How the weather?(be)

14. It fine. (be)

15. ? (it - rain)

16. No, it a lot. (not -rain) [contracted form]

17. the London Bridge? (you - see)

18. Yes, we .

19. And your sister, where her last holiday? (she - spend)

20. She to Corsica. (go)

21. herself? (she - enjoy)

22. Oh yes, she really a lot of fun. (have)

23. photos when she was on holiday? (she - take)

24. No, she .

25. She her camera at home. (leave)

26. How the food like? (be)
27. She the food was good. (say)

They enjoyed French food.

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