YES/NO QUESTIONS

schlechte horror spiele Yes/No questions are questions that can be answered simply by saying “Yes” or “No.”

den der ler sidst ler bedst Yes/No questions are constructed by placing auxiliary verbs at the beginning of the sentence, before the subject.

  • ruby laser autonivel there Are you hungry?
  • Have you got a computer?
  • Can you swim well?
  • Were you at home yesterday?
  • Is he a pilot?
  • Am I right?

 

Yes/no questions can be answered by various forms of the words yes and no (such as yep, yup, sure, yeah, uh huh; no, nope, nay, nah, uh uh), as well as using body language such as nodding. A grammatically perfect answer to a yes/no question would be constructed as:

Yes/No + subject pronoun (I, he, she, it, we, you, they) + auxiliary verb

While giving a negative response, we add the word “not” (short form: “n’t”) to the auxiliary verb.

  • Are you happy today?
  • Yes, I am.
  • No, I’m not.

 

  • Has your father got a computer?
  • Yes, he has.
  • No, he hasn’t.

 

  • Can Jane cook?
  • Yes, she can.
  • No, she can’t.

 

  • Are your parents at home now?
  • Yes, we are.
  • No, we aren’t.

 

  • Am I late?
  • Yes, you are.
  • No, you aren’t.

 

  • Does George like tennis?
  • Yes, he does.
  • No, he doesn’t.

 

  • Will they come to the wedding?
  • Yes, they will.
  • No, they won’t.

 

Auxiliary verbs would not be shortened in short positive answers:

  • Yes, I am. (wrong use: Yes, I’m)
  • Yes, he is. (wrong use: Yes, he’s)
  • Yes, they are. (wrong use: Yes, they’re)

 

“Or” questions signifying an alternative also begin with an auxiliary verb. Such questions are not considered yes/no questions.

  • Is it Sunday orSaturday today?
  • It’s Sunday. (wrong answer: Yes, it is)

 

Questions constructed with “or” can sometimes be viewed both as an “or” question, and a “yes/no” question. We can understand the difference by looking at the context: 

  • Do you drink tea orcoffee at work?
  • Yes, we do.
  • We drink tea.