What Is an Interrogative Sentence? (with Examples)An interrogative sentence is one that asks a direct question and always ends in a question mark.
The term interrogative sentence is another name for a question.
Examples of Interrogative SentencesHere are some examples of interrogative sentences:
- Has anyone seen my torch?
- What's the capital of Peru?
- Shall we ask Simon or Jonesy?
Beware Sentences with Indirect QuestionsA statement with an indirect question is a declarative sentence and not an interrogative sentence. For example:
- I wonder if I'll ever find my torch.
- Sarah asked whether anybody had seen her torch.
An indirect question can form part of an interrogative sentence. For example:
- Can you tell me what material she likes? (Direct-question version: What material does she like?)
- Could you fetch me when the alarm beeps? (Direct-question version: When will the alarm beep?)
- Did she ask whether I found my torch? (Direct-question version: Did I find my torch?)
Types of QuestionThere are three main types of question:
- Yes/No Questions.
Example: Is it raining?
(The answer to a yes/no question will be yes or no.)
- "Question Word" Questions.
Example: Why are you bored?
(The answer to a "question word" question will be information.)
- Choice Questions.
Example: Do you want salsa dip or cheese dip?
(The answer to a choice question will be in the question.)
(Answer to this question: No.)
(Answer: I've seen this film before.)
(Answer: salsa dip)
Other Sentence TypesHere are some examples of other sentence types:
An imperative sentence is a command or a polite request. It ends with an exclamation mark (!) or a full stop / period. For example:
- Get out!
- Please depart when the doors open.
A declarative sentence states a fact or an argument and ends with a
full stop () / period (). For example:
- Lima is the capital of Peru.
An exclamatory sentence expresses excitement or emotion. It ends with an exclamation mark (!). For example:
- This is ridiculous!
- I love it!
A statement with an indirect question is not an interrogative sentence (i.e., it's not a question). Therefore, do not end it with a question mark. For example:
- I need to know if it's finished?