Monday, July 21, 2014

Oliver asks for More - Grammar



Grammar
I.  Look at the following sentence taken from the story.
‘The boy is a fool,’ said the gentleman in the white waistcoat.
As you know, the above underlined expression, can be changed in to a question.
How do we change the above statement into a question?  By putting the auxiliary verb before the subject ‘the boy’.

The boy is a fool.

Is the boy a fool?

Look at some more sentences.
1. ‘I understand that he asked for more.’
     ‘Do I understand that he asked for more?’
2. ‘Oliver asks for more’
     Does Oliver ask for more?
3. ‘The boys took their places.’
     Did the boys take their places?
These sentences are changed into a question by placing ‘do/does/did at the beginning, such questions are called Yes / No questions.

Change  the  following statements  into Yes/ No questions.
1. Oliver was frightened at the sight of so many gentlemen.
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2. You are an orphan.
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3. You say your prayers every night.
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4. You will pick oakum tomorrow morning.
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5. Mr. Bumble rushed into the room.
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6. They can devour the big bowl.
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7. Boys have generally excellent appetites.
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Before answering the questions study the Explanations and check the Answers
II. Read  the  following sentence  taken  from  the story.
“You were brought up by the parish, weren’t you?”

In this sentence ‘weren’t you?’ at the end is called a question tag. Question tags are used to get information or confirmation. The question tags are positive if the statements are negative. And if the statements are positive, questions tags are negative. These tags are short / contracted form of questions. If the statement has an auxiliary, the tag begins with an auxiliary. In case it does not have an auxiliary, it will begin with do / does / did.

Read the following dialogue to understand the usage of question tags.
Ramu : The weather is good today, isn’t it?
Vijay  : Indeed, Ramu.
Ramu : How about going out now? Hope you’ll join me, won’t you?
Vijay  : I’ve got an important work now, I am afraid.

Read the following dialogue that took place at a party.  Add suitable question tags to complete it.
Rohit : Hi, I’ve met you before, _____________________
Suma : No, I don’t think so.
Rohit : But your name is Vani, ______________________
Suma : No, it’s Suma! Anyway, glad to meet you.
Rohit : Me too. This is Rohit. The party seems to be really lively, ____________________
Suma : Yes, definitely. We enjoy ourselves a lot on such occasions ____________________
Rohit : Yeah, we do.

Before answering the questions study the Explanations and check the Answers

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