Sentence Types – Interrogatives
There are four type of sentence type or sentence function.
Each has a different function a and is recognizable in different ways.
Learning Objective: To understand what an interrogative sentence is, to
recognize them and to understand their function.
An interrogative sentence is a sentence in the form of a question. They
normally require answers. There are four main types of interrogatives.
1. Yes/No answer
2. Alternative answer
4. Tag questions.
What is the weather like today?
This sentence is an interrogative because it asks a question. Specifically it is
an example of a wh- starter interrogative. It is asking about what the weather
is and so requires an answer, e.g Today the weather is cold.
How to spot them
Interrogative sentences are a question sentence and they are easy to spot.
They start with a capital letter and end in a question mark. They can be any
length though as long as they are asking a question.
1. Yes/no answer interrogative
⇒ Is that a cat?
This question requires a yes or no answer. Either the object is a cat or it is
2. Alternative answer interrogative
Would you like tomato sauce on your chips or barbecue sauce?
⇒ This interrogative gives the person a choice of alternatives,
they can either have tomato or barbecue sauce on their chips.
3. Wh- starter interrogative
What is that in the sky?
⇒ Wh- starter questions often require longer answers with
4. Tag question interrogative
I like chocolate, do you?
⇒ Tag interrogatives are the little questions at the end of a
statement, e.g do you?
⇒ Another example would be, I would like some toast, would you?