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ESL's business English grammar class: question formation

We can usually form questions by taking a statement and changing the word order. Specifically, we put an auxiliary before the subject. For example, "Profits have increased." becomes "Have profits increased?"

It's a little more difficult if the statement wouldn't normally have an auxiliary verb: "That company makes money." becomes "Does that company make money?" You have to remember that present simple questions get "do" or "does" while past simple questions get "did".

Type the correct words into the box.

Yahoo's stock will rise. Yahoo's stock rise?

Altria has raised its dividend. Altria raised its dividend?

There was some profit taking yesterday. there some profit taking yesterday?

Now it gets a little harder:

JIM: you going to invest in the KOSPI?

TED: Yeah, I'm going to.

TED: know much about the stock market?

JIM: I know a little about the stock market, but I'm not an expert.

JIM: know that there would be a takeover bid?

TED: No, I didn't know.

So, if the statement would have an auxiliary verb, just take that verb and put it in front of the subject. If the statement would not have an auxiliary verb (present simple and past simple), add "do" or "does" for present questions and "did" for past questions. Practice your Business English on the business message board.

Where do you do business? In the UK, business centres are places with meeting rooms, video conferencing, hot desking, and mail forwarding services.