ESL grammar · Future tense · Grammar

Asking Questions with Will

Practice Your Grammar through Building Sentences

hockey

You probably know how to make sentences with will when they’re not questions.

Sharon will play hockey tomorrow morning.

This is future simple.

I’m only using the simple future in this article, so as not to complicate things. We’ll do other future tenses some other time.

Now we want to make a question.

What you need to do now is first put will:

Will

Then put the subject (the thing or person that does something).

Will Sharon

Then put the main verb: play.

Will Sharon play

Finally, put the rest of the sentence.

Will Sharon play hockey tomorrow morning?

Questions with a Question Word

You can also ask a question with a question word.

For example I want to know when Sharon plays tennis.

First put the question word:

When

Then the rest of your question, in the same order as before.

So first put will, then the subject, then the main verb and then the rest of the sentence.

When will Sharon play hockey?

(I can add tomorrow morning, but I don’t have to.)

Or you can also use: What time.

What time will Sharon play hockey tomorrow morning?

I can use other question words or a phrase too, but the order of my question will remain the same.

Why will Sharon play hockey?

With whom will Sharon play hockey?

For how long will Sharon play hockey?

Against which team will Sharon play hockey?

Where will Sharon play hockey?

Where in the world will Sharon play hockey?

This means that the question always comes first, and will comes right after the question.

Got it?

Let’s do two other examples to make sure that you really got it, is that okay with you?

(If you don’t need to do any more practice, go straight to the quiz.)

Example 2

chocolate cake

One of the children will eat that last piece of chocolate cake.

Sorry, not trying to make you hungry here..

My question is like this:

Start with will.

Will

Then the subject: one of the children.

Will one of the children

Then the main verb: eat.

Will one of the children eat

Then the rest of the sentence.

Will one of the children eat that last piece of chocolate cake?

Now with question words.

Let’s have a little think which question words you can use.

We said put the question words at the beginning, right?

So we’ll get:

What will one of the children eat?

When will one of the children eat that last piece of chocolate cake?

Why will one of the children eat that last piece of chocolate cake?

Where will one of the children eat that last piece of chocolate cake?

Who will eat that last piece of chocolate cake? (Here you are asking for the subject, so you don’t have a subject between will and eat.)

At around what time will one of the children eat that last piece of chocolate cake?

After which meal will one of the children eat that last piece of chocolate cake?

Etc.

Example 3

Tomorrow will be a hard day for us.

Question:

Will tomorrow be a hard day for us?

Examples with question words:

Why will tomorrow be a hard day for us?

For what reason will tomorrow be a hard day for us?

For whom will tomorrow be a hard day?

How will tomorrow be a hard day for us?

How exactly will tomorrow be a hard day for us?

Putting in That

Note: In some cases you need to put “that” between the question phrase and the rest of the sentence.

For example:

What is the reason that tomorrow will be a hard day for us?

This is because I’ve used a question phrase that is a clause with its own verb (is).

In case you’re interested in further exploring this topic, read here.

Let’s do a quiz.

Quiz

Click here to do this quiz online and check your answers. 

Make questions with the given words. (Use all the words, just put them in the right order.)

Put a question mark (?) at the end of your question.

Don’t forget to capitalize the first letter of your sentence.

Example:

will the parents his for holidays he visit

Answer:

Will he visit his parents for the holidays?

1 you weekend this Ernest see will

2 know when me your you answer will let

3 tomorrow it again will rain

4 will this share photograph whom with you

5 shopping you for long how go will

6 four for will you o’clock work

7 how reception you on much new will clothes for spend the

8 will the quit person who be to next

9 the will same making mistake they keep

10 that on you all keep junk earth will where

Want to do other quizzes about the Future tense? Check these out.

Future Progressive (Continuous)

Conditionals Future

Future Perfect

Questions with Future Progressive

Future Simple

Passives

The future with going to

May/Might

 

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