Asking or Telling?

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10074

Helping someone understand you means using the right words and correct punctuation. Using index cards, learn the difference between asking and telling sentences, and how to use correct punctuation!


Verbal Communication, Writing

English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
PreK/K, Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Read the following sentences. What is the difference in the way these two sentences are written?

  • I can make a funny face.

  • Can you make a funny face?

The first sentence tells us something. A sentence that tells something or makes a statement is a declarative sentence. Sometimes we call these sentences telling sentences.

The second sentence asks a question. A sentence that asks a question is an interrogative sentence. Sometimes we call these sentences asking sentences.

Read the following telling sentences. Telling sentences will always end with a period (.).

  • My dog's name is Max.
  • The garden has many types of vegetables.
  • Today I am wearing green pants and a white shirt.
  • I like to read scary books.

Now, read the following asking sentences. Asking sentences will always end with a question mark (?).

  • Will you go clean your room?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Where are my socks?
  • Did you like the book you checked out at the library last week?

Note: Asking sentences often ask: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.

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