Unit 24: Questions and responses II | Grammar | B1
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Unit 24: Questions and responses II | Grammar | B1

Depending on the stress and intonation we use, the negative question can express a variety of emotions and is used in a range of communicative situations:
E.G. Can’t you stop that noise?
(expresses annoyance and is less a question than a command)


Match the following negative questions with the communicative function each performs:

1 Don't you ever go on holiday in the summer? A. persuading
2. Wasn't he rude? B. exclamation
3. Couldn't you do the shopping later? C. inviting the answer 'Yes'
4. Won't you come with us? D. expressing annoyance
5. Can't you tidy your own room for once? E. expressing disbelief/surprise
6. Didn't you think that film was boring? F. making a suggestion


Change the following statements into negative questions:

1. He's going to the dentist's later. Isn't he going to the dentist’s later?

2. She doesn't remember her name.


3. They haven't finished cleaning up yet.


4. The audience couldn't hear what the actor was saying.


5. Your son got home late last night.


6. You should be wearing a school uniform.



The Wh-question words are: who, which, where, what, whose, when, how, why, whom.

Supply question words to complete the following questions:

1. ____________ left the key in the door?

2. ____________did you leave the road map?

3. ____________ will you do if the hotel is fully booked?

4. ____________can we meet up?

5. ____________did you know he was at home?

6. ____________ is there such a long queue?

7. ____________is the Manchester train?

8. ____________ socks are these?


Now match the above questions with the responses below:

a. I'm free on Tuesday.

b. They're mine.

c. John did.

d. I saw his car parked outside his flat.

e. I'll go to a campsite.

f. It's the one on Platform 9.

g. On the table.

h. Because there's only one cashier at the checkout.