Unit 6: Enquiries

Where can you practise the ways we ask questions in emails? Here, of course!

Enquiries

Consider these things when writing questions.

Subject questions

These questions are about the subject of a sentence:

  • Who takes you to school?
  • Where is your favourite place?
  • What annoys you the most?
  • When is convenient?

Do not add the auxiliary verb 'do' ('do', 'does', 'did'): Who takes you ...? not Who does take you ...?

Yes/no questions

These questions usually only need a short answer like 'yes'/'yes, of course' or 'no'/ 'no, I'm sorry'.

  • Are you ready?
  • Is that convenient?
  • Do you remember me?
  • Can you send me the report, please?

Use the auxiliary verb before the subject: Do you remember ...? not You do remember ...?

Object questions

These questions are about the object of a sentence:

  • Where do you want to meet?
  • Who did you invite to the meeting?
  • Why couldn't you go?
  • How much is this going to cost?

Remember to use an auxiliary verb ('do', 'did', 'have', 'can', etc.): Where do you want to meet? not Where you want to meet?

'Let me know'

When you ask about something in an email, you can use this phrase. It shows that you want to get an answer.

  • Are you coming to the party on Saturday? Could you let me know? Thanks…
  • I would like to attend the training next Tuesday. Please can you let me know the start time?

Task 1

Task 2

Choose the correct preposition for the gaps in the email below.

From: Raj (raj.kumar@stancliffschool.org.uk)
To: Victor Obinna (Victor1997@yesmail.ng)
Subject: RE: pictures from my school

Hello Victor,

Thanks for sending me the pictures of your school and your friends. My school in England is very different! I want to ask you about your school. Here are my questions.

  1. I play cricket in the school team. What sports are you good (1) in / with / at?
  2. I hate maths but I love English. What subjects are you interested (2) in / to / on?
  3. In IT, we're learning how to make a website. At your school, what are you learning (3) about / on / at?
  4. My brother and I walk to school together every day. Who do you go to school (4) to / from / with?
  5. My flat is by a road with lots of cars. What is your home (5) next to / out of / away from?

Can you let me know?

Bye for now! Raj

Exercise

Task 3

Task 4

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Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2
Intermediate: B1

IlyaK 提交于 周二, 16/03/2021 - 20:32

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Good assignments to use in practice and fairly simple.

kreker 提交于 周五, 11/12/2020 - 13:00

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it was not easy but I did it

_Sergey222 提交于 周四, 10/12/2020 - 14:05

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This time I made mistakes, but I figured it out.

Julia.a 提交于 周三, 09/12/2020 - 00:11

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A very useful test for communication

anna999 提交于 周二, 08/12/2020 - 23:53

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The structure of the question became clearer

EvgeniyKulikov 提交于 周二, 08/12/2020 - 11:38

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The task is good, but he was not attentive and made a mistake

margarita.draganchuk 提交于 周一, 07/12/2020 - 17:49

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Good assignment, but there were some difficulties

Pavel_Kharchenko 提交于 周四, 03/12/2020 - 12:10

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Good tasks for use in communication and quite simple.

vika_belan 提交于 周五, 27/11/2020 - 13:23

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I didn't like this type of task, although I successfully completed it

Nikita Maslov 提交于 周五, 27/11/2020 - 13:23

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It was not difficult, so it's not interesting

sunitabnsl 提交于 周日, 11/10/2020 - 11:56

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I want to write an email to my boss to complain about my colleague. To whom I should keep in cc.

Allate 提交于 周二, 04/08/2020 - 21:53

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The final objective of learning a language is to communicate with speakers of the languge using this language. In communication, questions are very important. When asked correctly it's easy to make oneself understood. I had liked revising questions with this lesson. Thanks.

Papis 提交于 周二, 04/08/2020 - 17:58

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Hello, Great it helps for accuracy I do appreciate.

Dilnoza Sulaymonova 提交于 周五, 12/06/2020 - 13:30

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thank for information

yuldus83 提交于 周日, 03/05/2020 - 12:40

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Grammar is the foundation of the English language, to know grammar properly means to ask a question clearly!

Marwa.Mohamed 提交于 周三, 12/09/2018 - 22:51

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Hi Sorry but I don't understand this: Do not add the auxiliary verb 'do' ('do', 'does', 'did'): Who takes you ...? not Who does take you ...? Remember to use an auxiliary verb ('do', 'did', 'have', 'can', etc.): Where do you want to meet? not Where you want to meet? How can I differentiate between subject and object questions? Another question: In task 3 question4: (on) January 4 next year.  Why not (in) January 4 next year Deep thanks. We appreciate your great efforts.

Peter M. 提交于 周四, 13/09/2018 - 07:44

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Hi Marwa.Mohamed,

Subject questions are questions which ask about the subject – i.e. the person or thing performing the action. Object questions are questions which ask about the object – i.e. the person or things which the action is done to. For example:

Paul wrote this book.

Paul is the subject. The question about Paul is Who wrote this book?

'This book' is the object. The question about this book is What did Paul write?

 

We use 'in' when we are talking about a month without a date. We say 'on' when we are talking about a day: on Saturday, on the fourth of July etc.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

David240350 提交于 周二, 11/09/2018 - 20:29

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Can you advise whether I should use on or about in the following sentence? As we can't agree (on/about) this subject, we won't discuss it again. thanks

Hello David240350,

I think both are possible and both have a similar meaning.

We can use 'agree on' and 'agree about' to mean 'have similar opinions'.

We can also use 'agree on' to mean 'choose together', as in 'we need to agree on a time'.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

qayum2s 提交于 周二, 19/06/2018 - 06:21

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Hello LearnEnglish team, Could you let me know your arrival time? Could you let me know when your arrival time is? Could you let me know when is your arrival time? Please let me know whether the last two are correct or not.

eng.Ayman 提交于 周二, 09/01/2018 - 12:27

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hello every one my question is in the exercise (task 1) , the sentence of "I look forward to working with you" , is this right to be in -ing form or it shall be "to work with you " ? thanks

Hello eng.Ayman,

In the phrase 'look forward to', 'to' is a preposition, which is why verbs after it go in the -ing form and not in the infinitive form. 'look forward to working with you' is correct.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

rawand marshall 提交于 周一, 25/12/2017 - 16:45

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its really good for some one like just learning writing e-mails .

RezAref 提交于 周二, 12/12/2017 - 09:50

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Hello Learn English team, Within the first paragraph it is suggested that we could not use any auxiliary verb when we ask 'Subject Questions'. what about theses ones: 'Who is playing the Piano?' 'Who has brought the flower?' The sentences 'Who playing the Piano' or 'Who brought the flower' doesn't sound correct! I think we should not add those auxiliary verbs which are used in simple present and simple past tenses of 'Subject Questions', and those are just 'do', 'does', 'did'. Best,

Hello RezAref,

Yes, you are right. It is the auxiliary verb 'do' (in all its forms) that is not used in subject questions, but the other ones are. The word 'etc.' should not be in the explanation above and I will remove it from the page soon.

Thanks very much for taking the time to point out this error to us!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

chunlinai 提交于 周二, 07/11/2017 - 02:38

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Dear Sir, In the Task 4, it show that is wrong what time will being convenient for you. Could you let me know how to write is correct. with thanks, Chunlin

Hello chunlinai,

The sentence should be as follows:

What time will be convenient for you?

After 'will' we use the base form of the verb ('be') not the -ing form ('being').

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Q-mee 提交于 周三, 01/03/2017 - 23:41

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I'm a bit confused of the use of the word "Let" for example: He lets the dog chase the boy. why not chases? Another thing that confuses me is 'Let' in the past. Which one is true: He let the dog chased him or he let the dog chase him. Chased or chase? Thank you. Please send the answer to my email address, too. xxxxxxxxxxx. Thank you

Hello Q-mee,

The verb let is followed by a direct object (a person) and the base form of the verb:

let + someone + verb

Therefore the correct form is not 'chases' (present simple) but 'chase' (base form/infinitive without 'to').

We don't sent personal responses to email addresses, I'm afraid, but we try to answer as many questions in the comments are we can.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Sergik 提交于 周三, 18/01/2017 - 09:37

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Hello!could you help me, what does it mean- 2 course lunch? Yours sincerely, Serg

Hello Serg,

Meals can have different numbers of courses, i.e. different kinds of food, usually served on different plates. For example, first you might eat salad, then some kind of meat, and finally a soup. That would be a three-course meal.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Raquel V 提交于 周二, 17/01/2017 - 06:46

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Hello, In this Unit there are questions like "When would be convenient for you?" or "When is convenient?". I would put an "it" in both. So could you explain me the reason? Is it also correct with it? There's also another question that has it: "Is that convenient?" Many thanks, Raquel

Hello Raquel,

The question 'When is convenient (for you)?' is unusual, isn't it? You are correct that you can also say 'When is it convenient (for you)?'

The reason we can say this without 'it' is that 'when' here means 'what time'. When we use 'what time' in this kind of sentence it is generally the subject of the sentence:

What time is good?

What time is best for you?

In the question 'Is that convenient?', we can also use 'it' or a noun:

Is that convenient?

It is convenient?

It the time convenient?

Is the location convenient?

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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