Interchanging interrogative and assertive sentences

Ram and Rakesh were having a conversation between them

"Are you going to school tomorrow?" Ram asked his friend. "I am going to my uncle's place tomorrow." answered his friend, Rakesh.

"For how many days are you going?" Ram asked Rakesh. "I would be back by Sunday." said Rakesh.

The sentences highlighted in yellow in the passage are called 'Interrogative sentences'. The sentences highlighted in green are called 'Assertive sentences'.

Now we will understand what Interrogative and Assertive Sentences are.

First we would have a look into Interrogative sentences.

'Interrogative sentence' is a sentence that asks a question and always ends with a question mark (?).

Its a question, if Superman is better than Batman. Also, it ends with a question mark. Thus, this is an interrogative sentence.

Let us see more examples of interrogative sentences.

Why is the homework not complete?

Are you going to the party tomorrow?

Let's learn about Assertive sentences now.

Assertive sentence is a sentence that declares a statement, feeling, opinion or an event. It can be both an affirmative/positive statement or a negative one.

The sentence is declaring an opinion that Superman is better than Batman. This is a positive assertive sentence.

This is a positive statement, giving an opinion that the person should see the doctor. Hence, it is a positive assertive sentence.

This is a negative assertive statement because it has 'not' in it and it is an opinion that cartoons should not be watched all day long.

We will now learn how to interchange an Interrogative sentence to an assertive one and vice versa too.

For doing so, there are a few points we should keep in mind.

The first rule to change an 'assertive sentence' to an 'interrogative' one is to begin the sentence with the helping words used in the assertive sentence.

Example of helping words are: is, was, are, can, will, were, am.

If an Assertive sentence is a positive one, while changing it to Interrogative, we use 'not' in it.

Since it is a positive assertive sentence, we use 'not' while changing it to Interrogative sentence. Also, replace the helping word 'is' in the beginning as per the first rule.

If the assertive sentence is a negative one, the word 'not' is removed from the sentence while changing it to a interrogative sentence. Here, the helping word 'cannot' is replaced by 'can', removing 'not'.

The word 'never' in the assertive sentence is replaced by 'ever' while changing it to interrogative.

The word 'no' in assertive sentence is replaced by 'any' while changing it to interrogative.

Looking into interesting examples of changing an Interrogative sentence to an Assertive one

While changing the positive Interrogative sentence to Assertive one, 'not' will be included sentence, beginning it with the subject. Remove the question mark.

For changing a negative Interrogative statement to an Assertive one, remove the word 'not'.

Revision

'Interrogative sentence' is a sentence that asks a question and always ends with a question mark (?).

Assertive sentence is a sentence that declares a statement, feeling, opinion or an event. It can be both an affirmative/positive or a negative statement.

We can change an assertive statement into a interrogative statement following few rules.

The helping word of the Assertive sentence is placed in the beginning of the sentence followed by the subject. In case it is positive assertive statement, 'not' is used in the interrogative statement.

In case of a negative assertive statement, 'not' is removed, 'Never' is replaced by 'ever' and 'No' is replaced by 'any' to make the sentence Interrogative.

While changing the positive Interrogative sentence to Assertive one, 'not' will be included sentence, beginning it with the subject. Remove the question mark.

For changing a negative Interrogative statement to an Assertive one, remove the word 'not'.

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