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01 Sep

Fine Tune Your English: Section I Negatives and Interrogatives

Fine Tune Your English



Definition:  ‘The negative form of a sentence denies what is said in that original sentence’

Ø Constructing the negative form of a sentence is not a difficult exercise, nor is it the easiest of all exercises.



Eg: Many people did not attend the function

  • Some examples for negative sentences


  • John knows English – John does not know English.


  • The information is reliable – The information is not reliable


WHAT’S WHAT?                                      

Question words are pure and simple the primary function is to form questions, but they have other functions as well

  1. WHAT:

What happened between John and you?

  • a fool you are?
  1. WHICH:

Which is your favourite dish- fish or meat?

I said which dish would you like to have now?

  1. WHERE:

Take after where the road divides?

There is an Island where migratory birds flock?

  1. WHY:

Why did you quarrel with him?

Why are you here?

  1. WHO:
  2. are you?

Who do you want to see?

  1. HOW:

How did the function go?

She told me how she managed to escape?

  1. WHEN:

When shall we three meet again?

There are moments in Macbeth’s life when he regrets the caurse he has chosen?


QUESTION TAG                                    

In grammar a question tag is a very short clause at the end of a statement into a question.

For example:

  • She said half price, didn’t she?
  • He is a dark horse, isn’t he?
  • Sit down, won’t you?


  • A positive sentence is followed by a negative question tag. And a negative statement is followed by a positive question tag.


  • He lives with his parents, doesn’t he?
  • He doesn't live with his parents, does he?



Notes Courtesy:

Department of English, John Paul Memorial College of Arts and Science, Labbakkada, Idukki


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