We make questions by:


1: moving an auxiliary to the front of the clause:

Everybody is watching >> Is everybody watching?
They had worked hard >> Had they worked hard?
He's finished work >> Has he finished work?
Everybody had been working hard >> Had everybody been working hard?
He has been singing >> Has he been singing?
English is spoken all over the world >> Is English spoken all over the world?
The windows have been cleaned >> Have the windows been cleaned?

2: … or by moving a modal to the front of the clause:

They will come >> Will they come?
He might come >> Might he come?
They will have arrived by now >> Will they have arrived by now?
She would have been listening >> Would she have been listening?
The work will be finished soon >> Will the work be finished soon?
They might have been invited to the party >> Might they have been invited to the party?

3: The present simple and the past simple have no auxiliary. We make questions by adding the auxiliary do/does for the present simple or did for the past simple:

They live here >> Do they live here?
John lives here >> Does John live here?
Everybody laughed >> Did everybody laugh?





Hello Sash,

As Kirk says, in this context 'password-averse' describes a person who does not like to use passwords, though they may use other methods of security.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you. Cheers. I do have another question, though.
Can I use the word stereotype in this way?
I used to stereotype tall people as unapproachable and scary.
Thank you in advance.

Hello Sash,

Yes, that is a correct use of the word. You might want to check out a concordancer, where you can multiple examples of how a word has been used in context. If you want to see what I mean, go to the NOW Corpus and then write 'stereotype' in the search box. Press the 'Find matching strings' button, then press on the word STEREOTYPE on the next page, and you can see hundreds (often thousands) of examples of how the word has been used around the internet. It can be really useful for the kinds of analysis you seem to be interested in.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for the info. Very helpful. I appreciate your help.

Could you please tell me what password-averse means? I tried but was not able to google it.

Hello sash,

It's difficult to say for sure without knowing the context, but I imagine that it means 'opposed to or disliking passwords' (see 'averse' in the dictionary). So someone who is 'password-averse' doesn't like using passwords. Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Now, I am compensating for the time I didn't spend on developing my English speaking abilities.
Would anyone say something like this? Or is there a better way?
Thanks for your help and being here for us learners! :)

Hello Sash,

Yes, that sentence is correct and makes sense. A more informal way of saying 'compensate' is 'pay for', e.g. '... I'm paying for not developing ...', but what you suggest is perfectly correct.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

We noticed that we would never reach a conclusion by our parallel arguments .
Could you please tell me if this sentence is grammatically correct?!