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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?