Questions in present and past simple tense

Posted on Nov 26 2014 - 5:01pm by Zdenda

Asking questions is one of the most important functions of a language. Making questions in English is quite easy, but students still need to understand the basics. I have tried to put all the basic rules into a mind map. Then I have come up with a story about question formation and several games to practice the grammar. I hope that now the students will be able to form the questions correctly.

Questions – Mind map

Display or print out the following mind map for all the students and explain that each question can start with a WH word followed by DO, DOES or DID. It might be a good idea to ask the students to name or describe the columns in their own words.
Questions in present and past tense

Explaining grammar using the words like auxiliary, verb and subject might be a precise description of the grammar but it is very hard for students to understand. Moreover, people remember stories better than any explanation. And that is why I have created the following story to help my students use the auxiliaries correctly:
Once upon a time there was a land called Trainglish (train and English). And there were only SVOMPT trains with affirmative sentences. And in these trains V cars were the most important and most beautiful ones.
But one day the Great Constructor created an auxiliary train “DO”. But the “DO” car did not want to be just an ordinary train. He was very proud and selfish and he wanted to be the most important train in the world. So he started QUESTION trains. And as he was so big-headed he had to ride at the beginning of these trains. And as the other cars did not protest, he wanted more.
First he brought his family DOES and DID. Then he brought WH cars and they all drove at the beginning of each Question train. But it was not enough for him. He still wanted more. And thus he decided that no car can be more handsome than he.
“All the other cars have to be simple,” he announced. And that is why the V car lost all its endings and forms and it has be only in a simple form in Question Trains.
“And all the verbs agreed?”
“No, there was one that refused. It was the BE car. And ever since WAS, IS, ARE and WERE cars ride at the beginning of their Question trains. They allow only WH cars to join them.”

Questions – Quizzes and games

There are three quizzes and games to help the students remember the grammar. In the first HTML5 quiz you should put the words into the correct order to create questions. At the end of the quiz there is the game called Angry Finches.

Questions – Present simple and past simple
The second quiz is again in HTML5. However this time, your task is to write the question to ask about the missing information. At the end of the quiz there is the game called Tower Defence.

Questions – Tower Defence

The last game is in Flash and therefore it will play only on your desktop. You have to choose the correct option and then you should hit your opponent. Good luck.

Questions – En Garde


14 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. MD.OSMAN GONI 27/11/2014 at 11:05 am -


  2. Aminu musa Muhammad 27/11/2014 at 1:30 pm -

    How can i be a member of this forum/group ?

  3. Zdenda 27/11/2014 at 4:03 pm -

    There is no group or forum. We are just a free website which you can find online whenever you like 🙂 We will stay free!!!

  4. Diamane leme 27/11/2014 at 11:00 pm -

    I’d like to be menber.

  5. syamlal 28/11/2014 at 1:07 am -


  6. Haroon syed 28/11/2014 at 4:36 am -

    very helpful and interesting way to learn

  7. akbar 29/11/2014 at 12:44 pm -

    I’m started to learning English,and also I have many problem for gramer and something like this ,please help me .


  8. Parvin 30/11/2014 at 1:14 pm -

    Good thing!!! But I want smth for intermediate level.

  9. Anonymous 03/12/2014 at 10:03 am -

    waaw it’s very helpful and must interesting way to learn English .

  10. Klara 06/12/2014 at 6:50 am -

    Great posts, congratulations!! What application or platform do you use to create the mind maps? Thanks

  11. Zdenda 06/12/2014 at 7:24 am -

    I use Edraw and Imindmap. Thanks for the praise.

  12. Jon Cydroz 12/01/2015 at 1:48 am -

    This is really useful for everyone. =)

  13. Nim Lal Bhandari 15/09/2018 at 1:02 am -

    Nice material. Thanks a lot

  14. J̃ũãñ B̃ẽk̃ẽr̃ 10Ã 12/05/2021 at 10:21 pm -

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