Questions with do
In this article we look at two ways of asking questions with do. They are sometimes called ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions. We use the present tense when using the auxiliary verb ‘do’. We can use do to ask questions about the present and the past. However, the main verb in the sentence is always in the present tense except when using ‘did’ as a question tag. See below:
Examples of using ‘do’
The first puts ‘do’ at the beginning of the sentence, for example:
Do you like sports?
and the second put ‘do’ at the end of the sentence, for example:
You like sports, don’t you?
Did you like the film? (‘like’ is in the present tense here)
You liked the film, didn’t you? (‘like is in the past tense here)
Forming questions with do in the present:
Do/does + subject + infinitive
Do I want to go for a walk?
Do you like pizza?
Does she swim much?
Does your car go fast?
Do they play tennis?
We answer with:
Yes, I do,
we do, they do OR
No, I do not (I don’t)
You do not (you don’t)
He/she/it does not (he/she/it doesn’t)
We/they do not (we/they don’t)
Question: Do you drive a car to work everyday?
Answer: Yes, I do or
No, I don’t
Not: Yes, I drive
Question: Does she live in Italy?
Answer: Yes, she does or
No, she doesn’t
Not: ‘Yes, she likes’ or
‘No, she no likes’ or
‘No, she doesn’t likes’
Question: Does the radio work properly now or is it still broken?
Answer: Yes, it does or
No, it doesn’t
Not ‘Yes, it works’ or
‘No, it not work’ or
‘No, it doesn’t works’
The second way of asking questions with do is to use question tags. We use question tags when we think we know what the answer is.
You work in London, don’t you? Do you also live in London?
They have a holiday home in France, don’t they?
We last went to India in 1998, didn’t we?
Questions tags have a positive and a negative verb.
You work in London, don’t you?
They play tennis every week, don’t they?
The train leaves at nine, doesn’t it?
You don’t take sugar in your tea, do you?
Peter doesn’t drive, does he?
That clock doesn’t work, does it?
Forming questions with do in the past:
Did + subject + infinitive (The same auxiliary verb ‘did’ is used for everyone)
Did I/you/they want to go for a walk?
Did your car go fast?
Question: Did you drive a car to work everyday?
Answer: Yes, I did or
No, I didn’t
Not: Yes, I drove
Question: Did she live in Italy?
Answer: Yes, she did or
No, she didn’t
Remember, question tags have a positive and a negative verb.
You worked in London, didn’t you?
We stayed in that big hotel by the sea, didn’t we?
The kids loved swimming in the sea, didn’t they?
You didn’t work in London, did you?
Peter didn’t drive, did he?
That clock didn’t work, did it?