Interrogative Sentence

Who am I?

What do I do?

I ask a question. A sentence of inquiry that asks for a reply.

There are 4 types of Interrogative sentences.

  1. Yes/No interrogatives
  2. Alternative interrogatives.
  3. Wh-interrogatives
  4. Tag questions.

Interrogative sentences are typically marked by inversion of the subject and predicate: that is, the first verb in a verb phrase appears before the subject.

What is the punctuation at the end of me? Oh yes, a question mark.


Yes/No interrogatives

Yes/no interrogatives are questions that can be answered with a yes or a no response. You probably ask or are asked these questions every day.

  • Do you have your homework ready?
  • Are you ready to go?
  • Did you go to the game Friday night?


Alternative interrogatives

Alternative interrogatives are questions that provide for two or more alternative answers. In other words, you’re providing a choice.

  • Would you prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream?
  • Should I call or email your parents?
  • Do you want water or milk?


Wh- interrogatives

Wh-interrogatives sentences begin with a wh-word and call for an open-ended answer. The answer can be a simple response or complex explanation.

  • What are you doing?
  • Where do you live?
  • Who is playing in the Super Bowl?
  • What is the meaning of this?
  • Which songs do you like best?


Tag questions

Tag questions are questions attached or tagged onto the ending of a declarative statement. They transform a declarative sentence into an interrogative sentence.

  • You live in the city, don’t you?
  • We need to get going now, don’t we?
  • There’s a game on today, isn’t there?
  • You’re coming to the party, aren’t you?