1) What Ann did make? or "What did Ann make?" or "What Ann made?"

2) "When was it raining?" or "When it was raining?"

3) "Whose dog did Ann approach?" or "Whose dog Ann approached?"

What is the right way to ask these questions?

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    Max, this is too many questions at once. We're here to help you understand concepts, not necessarily to answer every single example question you can come up with. - So, think about the underlying concept that you're not understanding and ask a question about that. Even as is, without knowing what you want to say in each situation, we can't always answer. Sometimes, both sentences are possible but they mean different things... and neither of the options in the fifth example make sense.
    – Catija
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 19:05
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    @CatijaI haven't known that I could use either option. I want to know about the usage of each option (if both of them are possible). Would you please describe these cases. The main point of the question is to become aware when and how to use auxiliary verbs
    – Max
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 19:34
  • @CatijaI I've just divided this question into two separated questions.
    – Max
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 19:50
  • Possible duplicate of In what way should I ask the question in terms of word order?
    – user3395
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 19:58

2 Answers 2


What did Ann make?


When was it raining?


Whose dog did Ann approach?

Generally, in these situations the (intransitive) verb comes before the subject of the sentence.


In a question, the first auxiliary verb normally precedes its subject. If it doesn't have one, you need to use a form of DO (usually called a do-suppport).

So the correct versions are:

  1. What did Ann make?
  2. When was it raining?
  3. Whose dog did Ann approach?

The other versions are only used if the questions are subordinate (embedded)—when they are indirectly stated in another sentence.

I don't know what Ann made.

It's also possible to use DO, but it's rather emphatic.

I don't know what Ann did make.(Note that the DO follows the subject).

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