#EngClass: Questions in Statement Form

Tonight’s session is related to grammar and also speaking skill. You want to sound more natural in speaking? Then this is it.

Notice this question: “You want to sound more natural in speaking?” Is it a question/a statement? Looks like a positive sentence.

The question is in Simple Present Tense. So isn’t it supposed to be “Do you want to sound more natural..?” What do you think?

Well, apparently there’s this thing called “Questions in Statement Form”. So, we can use positive sentence to use as question.

The question “You want to sound more natural in speaking?” is an example. Notice the positive sentence form + the question mark.

When do we use ‘Questions in Statement Form’?

  1. Firstly, it is commonly used especially in informal or spoken English.
  2. Secondly, we can use this type of question to show surprise, disbelief, or uncertainty. The intonation used is also important.

Of course you know the intonation of a question, right? Our voice rises at the end of a question. Try it yourself now!

In conclusion, ‘Questions in Statement Form’ is to use positive sentence in informal/spoken English with question’s intonation.

I’m gonna give more examples of ‘Questions in Statement Form’. Here they are in some contexts..

  1. Example 1) You’re still hungry? I thought you just finished eating those two plates of nasi goreng!
  2. Example 2) It’s Monday already? Unbelievable!
  3. Example 3) So we won the game? Thank God!

So easy, right? Now I need your help to change these questions into ‘Questions in Statement Form’. Hope you’re up for it!

Here’s an example: “Do you know her?” (Question) –» “You know her?” (Question in Statement Form)

Tips before answering the #EngQuiz: be careful with the tense of the sentences. Do not change the tense, pay attention to the question form.

  1. Is it today?
  2. Did you go to the party last night?
  3. Is Andy coming tonight?
  4. Are you a fan of Arcade Fire?
  5. Has she called you?


  1. @pertiwihakim: It’s today?
  2. @agungagriza: You went to the party last night?
  3. @stupidisa: 3) Andy’s coming tonight?
  4. @cath_ng: 4. You’re a fan of Arcade Fire?
  5. @maureensinaga: 5. She’s called you?

Great job, everyone! If you want to practice those ‘Questions in Statement Form’, say them out loud with correct intonation.

Well, that’s all for today. Last tips from admin: find your own way of learning English. Make sure it’s fun for you and.. Never stop! ;)

Compiled by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on October 22, 2012

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