Interrogative Sentences (Questions)

A question is a type of sentence that is trying to get information. It is called an interrogative sentence. An interrogative sentence needs a question mark at the end. Questions are easy to spot because they often start with words like:

How did he do that?
Why are you late?
What time is it?
Where is Twentynine Palms, California?
Have you ever been to Joshua Tree National Park?
When does school start?
Who is your teacher?
Is that blue or green?
Are you going to the zoo?
The word "interrogative" cames from the Latin "interogatus" which means "to ask". Doesn't it remind you of "interrogate", which is what the police do on tv when they are questioning a suspect?

Here is a fun assignment: Get with a partner and discuss the topic, "A Day at School". Here's the catch: you can only speak in questions. If you do not speak in a question, the game is over and you have to start again.

Here is an example using the topic "A Trip to Grandma's House":

Are we almost there?
Why do you keep asking that?
How far is it?
How far have we gone?
Is Grandma going to be there when we get there?
What do you think we'll do there?
Does she still have those great games in the attic?

Keep going as long as you can just by using questions instead of statements!

Assignment 2: Go to The Desert Trail or The Hi Desert Star. Choose an article at least five paragraphs long. Read the article and write a question for each paragraph that is answered in the body of that paragraph. For example:

Residents and crews from public works continue to focus on cleaning up after last week's storms, and prepare for more possible rain to come, as the desert once again proves who is really in control of Twentynine Palms.

What question does the above answer? How about:

"How are residents dealing with the recent storms?"