Ask me a question in English.
Make it a WH- question.
You use WH- questions every day to ask someone for information.
NOTE: Your answer answer cannot be yes/no!
Q: Where is the photocopier?
(We expect an answer about the location of the photocopier.)
It’s in the room next to my office.
IELTS Speaking Test (Part 1)
The examiner will ask WH- questions.
*You need to give extended answers = 3-4 sentence answers to each question.
Thankfully, the IELTS examiner forms the questions as that is their job.
But let's do a little revision anyway as learners often find this grammar challenging.
There are two WH- question structures.
wh- + auxiliary verb (be, do, have) + subject + main verb
When are you leaving?
Who has been paying the bills?
Where does she live?
Why didn’t you call me?
What has he done now?
What have you decided to buy?
Practise writing 3 x WH- questions using the verbs: be/do/have (below this blog post.)
Let's take another step.
Let's compare these 2 sentences:
Who do you love?
do = auxiliary verb
you = subject.
Who owns this bag?
Who = subject
bag = object.
(NO auxiliary verb)
Look at the special word order in these 4 examples.
subject + verb (NO auxiliary!)
What fell off the wall?
Which tennis player won the tournament?
Who bought this computer?
Whose phone rang during the meeting?
wh- + a modal verb + subject + main verb
MODALS = could/would/should/can/must
Who would she stay with in Granada?
Where should I park my van?
Practise writing WH- questions using modals.
The IELTS examiner could also ask you How / How much / How often questions.
Q:How old is your dog?
(They expect an answer about the age of the dog.)
A: She’s about five. I’m not really sure.
Write 2 questions using how much and how often.
Topic - PETS
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