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Questions tend to start with words beginning with W – or ‘How’:

  • Why must you always argue?
  • Who killed Cock Robin?
  • What time is it?
  • Where are my keys?
  • When did you two first meet?
  • Which child came top in Maths?
  • How well did you do in the test?

However, those first words don’t guarantee the sentence is a question.

  • Why Harry had to leave is a mystery to me.
  • Who that man was, I have no idea.
  • What makes me laugh is how the cat ignores that mouse.
  • Where that rainbow ends, there’s a pot of gold.
  • When the sun is over the house, the back yard is in shadow.
  • Which route we take makes no difference – we will still be late.
  • How much I eat is up to me.

And there are other words that can start a question.

  • Has anyone made a cake for tea?
  • Shall we let them eat cake?
  • Will there be enough cake for everyone?
  • Won’t you have another slice of cake?
  • Are you sure you don’t want more cake?
  • Was that not the most delicious cake?
  • Is anyone still hungry?

If you’re trying to decide whether a sentence is a question – whether it needs a question mark – ask yourself: does it have an answer?