Asking Questions

Next week in literacy, students will be interviewing each other as news reporters. This will involve asking 'probing' questions. 

Can I correctly form questions at an age appropriate level?

When we ask questions in English, we often use auxiliary verbs

In the present tense, we might use is, are, do or does. For example: 

How do you feel about the bubbles?

What are they doing in the city? 

What do you think these mysterious objects are? 

Do they remind you of anything?

In the past tense, we might use was, were or did.

What did it sound like? 

Who were you with?

Students sometimes find writing questions in the past tense tricky. Have a look at these questions. What do you notice? Which is correct?

Where did you go?      Where did you went?

What did it sound like?            What did it sounded like?

What did you witnessed (see)?     What did you witness?

When we form questions in the past tense with did, only one verb goes into the past tense - did. No other verbs in the sentence should be past tense. 

Here's a helpful way to support you building past tense questions. 

Now imagine you arrived at the scene just after the picture below was taken and met some eyewitnesses

What questions would you ask? Post your questions as comments below. Remember, if you're writing questions with is, are, was, were, do, does, you need to be careful with SVA!


  1. What did the monster look like?
    What were his motives?

    Posted by Eoin Bevan, 08/03/2020 at 11:57

    1. What did the monster want?
      Where is the monster?
      Does the monster eat people? (Do I use does or do)

      Posted by Manni Ouyang, 08/03/2020 at 13:51

      1. Well done, Manni.

        Does the monster eat people? (Do I use does or do)

        Both are correct, but what do you think? Is it present tense or past tense?

        Posted by Eoin Bevan, 09/03/2020 at 18:07

      2. How did you feel when the extraordinary creature took over the city?

        Did the creature harm you? How?

        Posted by Shaurya Nangpal, 11/03/2020 at 16:41