Yes/No Questions for intermediate learners
'Do you like English?' 'Are you making progress?' 'Have these lessons been helping you?' If you want to learn about how to make yes/no questions, read this.
What Are Yes/No Questions?
Yes/No questions are questions that we can answer using 'yes' or 'no'.
Yes/No questions are made of the following auxiliary verbs:
How to Make Yes/No Questions
To be verbs in the present form are 'am', 'is', and 'are'. If you see them as the verb of the sentence, you should use them at the beginning to make a yes/no question. Here are examples:
You are here. →
She is your mother. →
The verb 'do' is used as an auxiliary verb when we have a main verb in the sentence. So, we use do or does based on the subject of the sentence. Here are examples:
Modal verbs are followed by the main verb which is the base form of the verb. Major modal verbs in English are:
If the verb of the sentence is a modal, then you should use it at the beginning of the sentence to make a yes/no question. Here are examples:
Answering a Yes/No Question
The answer to yes/no questions can be:
- Short answer
- Long answer
The short answer to yes/no questions can be negative or positive. Here are the structures:
Here are a few examples:
The long answer to a yes/no question can be a negative answer or a positive answer. Here is the structure:
- Positive: subject + verb (auxiliary or main verb) + etc.
- Negative: subject + auxiliary + not + etc.
Yes/No questions are used to ask questions that their answers are 'yes' or 'no'. They are made of the following auxiliary verbs:
- To be
- Modal Verbs