Humans are social beings that communicate with each other almost every day. Some people don’t feel confident though when they can’t find anything to talk about with a colleague or a neighbour. Why not asking questions then? You may ask about the time, weather, work or family and as long as you show your interest, you keep the conversation going.
One of the first functions of questioning is to gain information, for example an eldery lady wonders how to get to the station and she asks a stranger. People also ask questions when they want to test someone’s knowledge, to provoke others to think more deeply or just to get to know another person better. In other words questioning may be a brilliant strategy that makes a conversation alive.
Students who study English as a foreign language may also experience communication as another challenge. In order to ask a correct question, you have to know some grammar rules. We’ve already discussed how to make a question in Present Simple (check it here to repeat) and today I’d like to share some new grammar explanation, namely questioning using Past Simple.
Questions in Past Simple
Click on the link below and make even more questions using Past Simple
Finally, I suggest you write a list of your own questions on one topic, such as interests, job, family, bringing up children, customs and traditions in different countries, the latest news, films, books, education system, childhood memories, previous experiences, etc. This list will help you to be more secure next time you meet new people.
Bye for now=)