Be or Do in Questions

QUESTION FORMS WITH “DO” AND “BE”

MAKE THE QUESTION

  1. If the sentence has “BE”, use “be” first to make the question.
  2. If the sentence doesn’t have “BE” (or other auxiliary), add “DO”.
  3. Check the verb form.  Are you?  Is he?  Do you?  Does she?  Do they?
  4. After “DO” always use the base form of the verb

CHANGE THE UNDERLINED WORD(S) TO MAKE A NEW QUESTION

            Be Careful!  Sometimes this will change “do” to “does” or “is” to “are”.

  Examples:

  1. The computer class is interesting.           _____Is the computer class interesting?___

            (English)                                              _____Is the English class interesting?____

  1. You speak Chinese.                                 ______Do you speak Chinese?_________

            (she)                                                    ______Does she speak Chinese?________                 

 

  1. Janet likes the teacher                         __________________________________

            (Pedro)                                                      __________________________________

 

  1. She’s from the United States              __________________________________

            (you)                                                          __________________________________

 

  1. He comes from El Salvador                  __________________________________

            (they)                                                         __________________________________

 

  1. They need to learn English                __________________________________

            (she)                                                        __________________________________

 

  1. He is the English teacher             __________________________________

            (you)                                                    __________________________________

 

  1. They listen to the teacher             __________________________________

            (radio)                                                 __________________________________

 

  1. He is a great teacher                       __________________________________

            (boring)                                               __________________________________

 

  1. The class is in the evening             __________________________________

            (morning)                                            __________________________________

 

  1. The students like the class             __________________________________

            (her)                                                     __________________________________

 

  1. He works at the factory                   __________________________________

            (the Church)                                        __________________________________

 

MORE AUXILIARY VERBS

Verbs                                       Modals                                                           

Do                                           May                

Be                                            Can                 

                                                Will                

  RULES

  1. A question must have an auxiliary verb.
  2. If you have an auxiliary in the sentence you must use the same one in the question.
  3. If you don’t have an auxiliary verb in the sentence, add the auxiliary verb ‘to do’.
  4. You can’t add ‘to be’ if it isn’t in the original sentence already.
  5. The first verb in a sentence has the time and person.
  6. Always use the base form of the main verb after ‘to do’ in negatives and questions.

 

PRACTICE: 

  1. Circle the auxiliary verb if you find one

Example:  She’s a very good painter.

  1. Change the sentences to questions.

Note:  If you see BE, CAN or WILL, put it at the front.  If not, add DO.

Example:  I like coffee.    Do you like coffee?

  1. I want to learn more quickly.
  2. My friend is coming to visit me next week.
  3. They are happy with their apartment.
  4. I am in class every day.
  5. She can dance well.
  6. You will visit your friend tomorrow.
  7. I like pizza with sausage and olives.
  8. The books are on the table.
  9. My kids will learn two languages well.
  10. You need to return the books to the library.

 

WRITE THE CORRECT FORM OF “DO” OR “BE” IN EACH SENTENCE:
hint: if there is a base form verb, use DO.  If there is an ING verb or no verb, use BE

  1.  What _________ you doing today?
  2. Where ________she work?
  3. Who _________ I riding with?
  4. When_________ they usually get home?
  5. How _________ you writing your essay?
  6. What _________ he like on his pizza?
  7. Who _________ they talk to most?
  8. How _________ you set this VCR?
  9. Where ________we going?
  10. Why _________ she crying?

 

RE-WRITE EACH OF THESE IN QUESTION FORM USING “DO” OR “BE”

 

You are going home.                           _____________________________________

You are working on my car.               _____________________________________

She watches TV after school.             _____________________________________

He likes pizza.                                     _____________________________________

You want a new job.                           _____________________________________

We’re making dinner.                         _____________________________________

It snows in New York                                    _____________________________________

They have green pencils.                     _____________________________________

They go to church.                              _____________________________________

She’s getting ready for school.           _____________________________________

He usually goes out.                            _____________________________________

You are sick today.                             _____________________________________

We are enjoying the class                    _____________________________________

He is working too hard.                      _____________________________________

She is playing volleyball                     _____________________________________

It is raining.                                         _____________________________________         

Present Tenses Review                                                             

 WRITE A STATEMENT.  Use the verb, subject and time given.  Add other words as you wish.

  1. read, they, now
  2. talk, the teacher, usually
  3. give, we, often
  4. listen, my sister, now
  5. brush, she, every day
  6. not work, he, on Saturdays
  7. not work, you, now

 

Write two full sentences for each question.

  1. Tell me two things your friend is doing now.

a.

b.

  1. Tell me two things your friend does every month.

a.

b.

  1. Tell me something your friend doesn’t often do.

a.

b.

  1. Tell me two things you are doing now.

a.

b.

  1. Tell me two things you do sometimes.

a.

b.

 More Online Practice

Choose be or do

Video lesson and practice

 

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