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And today we’re gonna have a grammar lesson. I guess that’s the first time I’m gonna teach some grammar in our English Bites so again, like every new thing I bring you guys, I’d like you to share your most sincere opinion. English Bites are tailored-made for you so if you really like it or not, I’d love to know so I can bring more of it or not kkkk
Ok, so I decided to share and teach a very common mistake we have among English learners: mixing two question structures into one. Wait, I’ll explain.
When you hear the question: What time is it? It does not only sound correct but it is correct because we are using the structure of the verb TO BE perfectly. In other words, every time we wanna ask a question, we have to invert the verb and the pronoun, right?
- If I say: She is nice:
- The interrogative must be: Is she nice?
- The book is on the table
- The interrogative goes like: Is the book on the table?
So that’s why when we ask a question using the verb TO BE, the verb comes first like in the first example: What time is it?
Alright! What happens if it’s not the verb TO BE? If it’s a verb like TO DRINK, TO TALK, TO KNOW, TO PLAY, TO CONTROL… remember we have to use the auxiliary DO or DOES in the beginning of our sentence (if it’s in the present tense, of course) or DID (if it’s in the past). Well, I’m not going to give you all the details about the interrogative form now cause that’s not our topic today but I would like us to be on the same page, so that’s why I gave you a quick explanation about it.
So, an example:
- You like chocolate.
- My question would be: Do you like chocolate?
- She understands English.
- My question: Does she understand English?
The point now is: if you have a single question like the ones I mentioned before, that’s it! End of discussion. But there are some situations where we mix two questions into one and that’s where you must be careful.
- What time is it? – It’s perfect!
- Do you know bla bla bla – It’s perfect!
But “Do you know what time is it?” – That’s totally wrong. So how can we fix it? The first block is your main sentence so we gotta work on the second sentence. We’re gonna turn our second part into an affirmative sentence.
- Do you know… what time it is? And not “is it”?
- Do you know what time it is?
We can’t have two interrogative structures into one. So we have to keep the first part and make the second part, an affirmative one.
“Do you know what time it is?” was just an example. Let’s check other examples:
- Do you understand what I need?
- Does he know where she went?
- Did he realize what he bought?
- Do you know where she lives?
So guys, don’t forget about it ok? I don’t want you, my sweet and hardworking migos and Bite members to make this mistake again alright? So my suggestion is: write some examples (your examples) and read them out loud. Think of your daily routine context. How would you use this type of question? That’s just a simple exercise that might help you memorize even faster alright?
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