There are questions based on assertive and interrogative sentences in all most all the competitive exams, including CLAT. Most of you might have queries on how to change Assertive Sentence into an Interrogative sentence without changing its meaning.

Read through the post to give you a complete insight into definitions of assertive and interrogative, how to convert these sentences using helping verbs, solved examples, and more.

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What is an Assertive Sentence?

A sentence that creates a statement of facts is known as an Assertive sentence or a declarative sentence. Generally, the assertive sentence ends with a period (.). Assertive sentences can be either affirmative/positive or negative. 


  • He likes to play chess (affirmative)
  • They are singing songs 
  • The Sandwich was not tasty (this is a negative sentence)

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clat English Quiz

What is an Interrogative Sentence?

An interrogative sentence is a direct question and always ends with a question mark. In general, any question you ask is an interrogative sentence. 

There are three types of questions:

  • Yes/No Question
  • Question-word Questions
  • Choice Questions


  • Is it raining? (This is a yes/no question) (Ans: No)
  • Why are you bored? (This is Question-word Question) (Ans: I have seen this movie before)
  • Do you like ice cream or pasta? (This is Choice Question) (Ans: Ice-Cream)

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Rules to Change Assertive to Interrogative Sentences

Wondering how to change an assertive sentence to an interrogative sentence? Don't be panic! Following a few short tricks for CLAT English will help you easily interchange assertive and interrogative sentences.

Here are some of the rules that you have to follow while changing these sentences.

Rule 1:

If a sentence is in the affirmative, it has to be changed into a negative interrogative. If it is negative, then change it into bare interrogative.


  • She is not a good person (assertive)
  • Is she a good person (interrogative)

Rule 2:

If there is no auxiliary verb in the sentence, you have to change it by using do/does/did/don't/doesn't/diddon't.


  • He plays chess (assertive)
  • Does he play chess (interrogative)

Rule 3:

If there is never in the sentence, you have to replace it with ever in an interrogative sentence.


  • I never drink coffee (assertive)
  • Do I ever drink coffee (interrogative)

Rule 4:

Nobody or no one or none must be replaced by who.


  • Nobody could count starts in the sky (assertive)
  • Who could ever count stars in the sky (interrogative)

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How to convert an Assertive Sentence to Interrogative Sentence?

You can follow two simple steps to change the assertive sentence to an interrogative sentence without changing its meaning. 

Step 1: If the sentence is affirmative or positive, convert it to negative. If negative, then convert it to a positive sentence. 

Step 2: Move the helping verb to the first position in the sentence. 

Let us understand with an example:

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clat mock test

Changing Assertive to Interrogative Sentences

To help you get an idea about the difficulty level and the type of questions asked in the exam, we have provided a few examples of transforming assertive sentences into Interrogative sentences curated from the previous year's question papers for CLAT.

Assertive Interrogative
Man cannot die better than facing fearful odds. How can man die better than facing fearful odds?
We bleed if you prick us.  If you prick us, do we bleed?
It does not matter if I fail.  What does it matter if I fail?

Changing Interrogative to Assertive sentences

In few cases, when a question is affirmative, a negative answer is implied; and when a question is negative, an affirmative answer is implied. Hence an Interrogative sentence is often changed to an Assertive sentence and vice versa. 

(If you wondering what is affirmative, then here is the answer. Affirmative is 


Interrogative Assertive
What is the use of this statue? There is no use of this statue.
Can their glory ever fade? Their glory can never fade.
Is he not a great fool? He is a great fool


How to change an assertive sentence to interrogative sentence?

  • If the sentence is affirmative or positive convert it to negative. If negative then convert it to a positive sentence. 
  • Move the helping verb to the first position in the sentence. 

Give examples for Assertive sentences

  • He likes to play chess. 
  • They are singing a song.
  • He is a good basketball player
  • She loves sandwich

Give examples for Interrogative sentences

  • Did you take your vitamin this morning?
  • When are the best days to go to the mall?
  • Did we make a cake for you ?
  • How many topics do you have to study?
  • What kind of music do you like?

What are the two forms of Assertive sentences?

The two forms for assertive sentences are:

  • Affirmative assertive sentence
  • negative assertive sentence

How can I change assertive sentences to interrogative sentences?

You can follow the rules given in the above post to change assertive sentences to interrogative sentences.

How to convert an assertive sentence to interrogative?

An assertive sentence can be changed to an interrogative sentence by putting the auxiliary verb before the subject.