Teach them Quasm – Meaning? by Savvas Savva - Profesor/a de inglés - Madrid - Barcelona

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Teach them Quasm – Meaning?

Teach them Quasm – Meaning? enlightened

This is a simple formula (I use it all the time) that works for asking questions in almost ALL the verb tenses in an EFL class!

QU estion word

A uxiliary verb

S ubject

M ain verb

Look how QUASM works for forming questions in the following verb tenses:

Simple Present Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

Where do you live?

What does Jane think about the film?

Simple Past Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

How did they learn Russian so fast?

When did you get home from practice?

Present Continuous Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

What are you eating now?

Why is he ignoring you?

Past Continuous Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

Who were you laughing at?

What was John doing when you called?

Present Perfect Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

How much money have you spent on video games this month?

How long has your teacher worked at this school?

 

Future Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

Who will you invite to the game?

What will your mum think about your idea?

Modal Questions:

QUESTION WORD AUXILIARY VERB SUBJECT MAIN VERB

What would you do if you had a million pounds?

How could we improve our Italian?

Exceptions:

Yes/No questions do not use a question word…

However, they still follow ASM (Auxiliary verb – Subject – Main verb)

• Do you like apples?

• Did you enjoy the show?

• Are you studying English?

• Were you sleeping when I called you yesterday evening?

Questions where the main verb is “be” also don’t follow the pattern:

• Are you tired?

• Is she a doctor?

• Were your parents upset when you failed your exam?

• Was her ex-boyfriend a boxer?

Reported questions, indirect questions, and subject questions also do not follow QUASM –

Oh well, such is life! wink

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