10) As soon as we left the college, it started raining.
H) From Interrogative to Assertive and Vice Versa :
An assertive sentence is one in which a definite statement is made. An interrogative
sentence is one in which a question is asked. However, a question is sometimes put
to suggest the answer that the speaker has in mind. For e.g. ‘Can I ever forget those
happy days ?’ In this sentence the speaker wishes to say that he can never forget
those happy days. Thus, this sentence contains the answer as well. We write this
sentence in the assertive form as under :—-
‘I can never forget those happy days.’
NOTE : An Affirmative question will suggest a negative answer while a negative
question will suggest an affirmative answer.
1) When can their glory fade ? Their glory can never fade.
2) Who does not want to be rich ? Everyone wants to be rich.
3) Who has not heard of Pt. Nehru ? Everyone has heard of Pt. Nehru.
4) What though we are not rich ? It does not matter much if we are not rich.
5) Why cry over spilt milk ? It is no use crying over spilt milk.
6) Is the dog not a faithful animal ? The dog is a faithful animal.
7) O solitude, where are thy charms ? Solitude does not have any charms.
8) What have I done to incur your I have done nothing to incur your wrath.
9) Is this the way to talk to your This is not the way to talk to your father.
10) How can your trust a cheat ? You cannot trust a cheat.
10) Is not a rose a lovely flower ? A rose is a lovely flower.
11) Is not money the root of all evils ? Money is the root of all evils.
12) Didn’t I tell her to beware of pick I told her to beware of pick pockets.
13) Does it not take two to make a It takes two to make a quarrel.
14) Do two and two not make four ? Two and two make four.
I) EXERCISE FOR PRACTICE :
Transform the following from interrogative to assertive sentences:—
1) Am I blind to my shortcomings ?
2) Were they invited to the party ?
3) Can a leopard change his paws ?
4) Shall we ever forget her hospitality ?
5) Of what use is this pen to me ?
6) When can their glory fade ?
7) Is he a fool to annoy us ?
8) Can a man fly like a bird ?
9) Who can put up with such an insult ?
10) Is she anything to him ?
J) Answer Key for (i) Exercise for Practice :
1) I am not blind to my shortcomings.
2) They were not invited to the party.
3) A leopard cannot change his paws.
4) We shall never forget her hospitality.
5) This pen is of no use to me.
6) Their glory can never fade.
7) He is not a fool to annoy us.
8) A man cannot fly like a bird.
9) No one can put up with such an insult.
10) She is nothing to him.
K) Exercise for Practice :
Transform the following sentences into interrogative sentences :
1) He is not a fool.
2) He did not cross the river.
3) He is not deaf.
4) Their glory can never fail.
5) Vegetarians do not eat meat.
6) This is not the way to behave.
7) They are not very poor.
8) No one can serve two masters.
9) We should not hate the poor.
10) Money is not everything in life.
L) Answer Key— for (K) Exercise for Practice
1) Is he a fool ?
2) Did he cross the river ?
3) Is he deaf ?
4) Can their glory ever fail ?
5) Do vegetarians eat meat ?
6) Is this the way to behave ?
7) Are they very poor ?
8) Who can serve two masters ?