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Learn to Speak English Easily: Questions Using ‘What am’, ‘What is’ and ‘What are’

Learn to speak English easily through TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple and systematic way. You should go through all the units and do the exercises to be able to speak fluently. To know more you can read: How to Use the Course Content?

In the previous unit you have learnt the Use of Future Tense. In this unit you will learn to make questions using ‘What am‘, ‘What is‘ and ‘What are‘. Next unit deals with Questions Using ‘What was’ and ‘What were’.

What’ is used to ask about a subject. A subject can be a noun or a pronoun. In such questions ‘what’ can be followed by words like–‘am, is, are, was, were, have, has, had, do, does, did, can, could, will, would, shall should, may, might and must’. Some questions and responses are given below. You are advised to think of suitable responses depending on the context and situation. Most often we use ‘What is‘, ‘What are‘ and so on to ask questions.

Questions Using ‘What am’

Q:  What am I supposed to do?
A:  You are supposed to work hard.

Q:  What am I doing here?
A:  You are simply wasting your time.

Q:  What am I? (Sometimes one may question oneself)

Questions Using ‘What is’

Q:  What is this?
A:  This is a laptop.

Q:  What is that?
A:  That is a mall.

Q:  What is your name?
A:  My name is ……………..

Q:  What is her name?
A:  Her name is Sheela.

Q:  What is she doing these days?
A:  She is learning a foreign language.

Q:  What is he reading?
A:  He is reading a novel.

Q:  What is the/your problem?
A:  I lost my pen.

Q:  What is the matter?
A:  The ATM is not working.

Q:  What is the time now?
A:  It is ten o’clock.

Q:  What is this form for?
A:  This is for withdrawing money.

Questions Using ‘What are’

Q:  What are you making?
A:  I am making a cake.

Q:  What are your working hours?
A:  Our working hours are from 9 to 5.

Q:  What are you working on?
A:  I am working on a new project.

Q:  What are we discussing about?
A:  We are discussing about the environmental issues.

Q:  What are we going to eat today?
A:  We are going to eat noodles.

Q:  What are we fighting for?
A:  We are fighting for a pay hike.

Q:  What are they demanding?
A:  They are demanding compensation.

Q:  What are they making for supper?
A:  They are making a pizza.

Q:  What are they building?
A:  They are building a mall.

Q:  What are your friends planning to do?
A:  They are planning to visit a planetarium.

Questions can also be made with ‘what’ followed by words like–colour, size, shape, part, type, day, time, kind and so on.

Questions with What + color/size/type and so on

Q:  What colour is your dress?
A:  It is sky blue.

Q:  What size is your shoe?
A:  It is number 5.

Q:  What type of job do you want.
A:  I want to work as a technician.

Q:  What day is it today?
A:  It is Wednesday.

Q:  What time is the function?
A:  It is at 8 o’clock.

Q:  What kind of a person is he?
A:  He is a gentleman.

When one wants to ask about the quality, nature and about people, places and things one can use, What …………… like?

Q:  What is the food like in that restaurant?
A:  It is awesome.

Q:  What is Delhi like?
A: It is a wonderful city.

Q:  What does she look like?
A:  She looks very beautiful.

One type of question with ‘what’ can also be made with words ending in–with, about, in, of, on, for and so on.

Q:  What did you eat rice with?
A:  I ate rice with curry.

Q:  What are you talking about?
A:  I am talking about my problems.

Q:  What shall I keep this in?
A:  You can keep it in the fridge.

Q:  What is this made of?
A:  This is made of steel.

Q:  What shall I write on?
A:  You can write on this paper.

Q:  What is he waiting for?
A:  He is waiting for the cab.


Write questions and answers which you may have to use in your day-to-day conversations using the above examples.

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Check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries