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UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO
BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI
ALISON VARELA
June 2nd , 2014
UNIT 2
Yes / No questions (closed
questions)WITH BE
In English, there are two basic types of questions: Yes / No questions and Wh-
questions. Yes / No questions are also called closed questions because there
are only two possible responses: Yes or No. When forming a Yes / No question,
it must include one of these verbs: BE, DO, HAVE, or a modal verb. It is
impossible to ask a Yes / No question without one of these verbs.
correct incorrect
Are elections next year? Elections next year?
Does he want to stay? He want to stay?
Have the boys eaten? The boys eaten?
Can the dog swim? The dog swim?
Use the verb BE to ask Yes / No questions about the identity or description of a
person, place, or thing.
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO
BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI
ALISON VARELA
question response
Am I your friend? Yes. / Yes, you are. / Yes, you are my friend.
Is this a good
restaurant?
No. / No, it is not. / No, it is not a good restaurant.
Are these islands
Greek?
Yes. / Yes, they are. / Yes, these islands are
Greek.
Was his idea
interesting?
No. / No, it wasn’t. / No, his idea was not
interesting.
Were they happy? Yes. / Yes, they were. / Yes, they were happy.
Note that the response can be short (Yes. / No.), or long: Yes or No followed by
the subject and verb.
Use the verb BE with a preposition to ask Yes / No questions about a present or
past location.
question response
Am I at the correct location? No. / No, you aren’t.
Are the keys under the books? No. / No, they are not.
Was his house on an island? Yes. / Yes, it was.
Were the demonstrations in the center of town? No. / No, they weren’t.
Use the verb BE to ask a Yes / No question about a current activity or situation.
This requires the present progressive: BE + (verb+ing).
question response
Am I going with you and Tom? Yes. / Yes, you are.
Is she working today? No. / No, she isn’t.
Are we seeing a play tomorrow? Yes. / Yes, we are.
Use the verb BE to ask a Yes / No question about a past activity or situation.
This requires the past progressive: WAS / WERE + (verb+ing).
question response
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO
BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI
ALISON VARELA
Was it raining? Yes. / Yes, it was.
Were they playing? No. / No, they weren’t.
Use the verb BE to ask a Yes / No question with the passive voice.
question response
Is gold mined in Canada? Yes. / Yes it is.
Are flowers grown here? No. / No, they are not.
Was the book read? Yes. / Yes, it was.
http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/learn-english/grammar/questions-yes-no/
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO
BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI
ALISON VARELA
June 5th , 2014
WH Question Words
We use question words to ask certain types of questions (question word
questions). We often refer to them as WH words because they include the
letters WH (for example WHY, HOW).
Question
Word
Function Example
what asking for information
about something
What is your
name?
asking for repetition or
confirmation
What? I can't
hear you.
You did what?
what...for asking for a reason,
asking why
What did you
do that for?
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO
BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI
ALISON VARELA
when asking about time When did he
leave?
where asking in or at what
place or position
Where do they
live?
which asking about choice Which colour do
you want?
who asking what or which
person or people
(subject)
Who opened
the door?
whom asking what or which
person or people
(object)
Whom did you
see?
whose asking about
ownership
Whose are
these keys?
Whose turn is
it?
why asking for reason,
asking what...for
Why do you say
that?
why don't making a suggestion Why don't I
help you?
how asking about manner How does this
work?
asking about condition
or quality
How was your
exam?
how +
adj/adv
asking about extent or
degree
see examples
below
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO
BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI
ALISON VARELA
how far distance How far is
Pattaya from
Bangkok?
how long length (time or space) How long will it
take?
how many quantity (countable) How many cars
are there?
how much quantity (uncountable) How much
money do you
have?
how old age How old are
you?
how come
(informal)
asking for reason,
asking why
How come I
can't see her?
http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/wh-question-words.htm

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June

  • 1. UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI ALISON VARELA June 2nd , 2014 UNIT 2 Yes / No questions (closed questions)WITH BE In English, there are two basic types of questions: Yes / No questions and Wh- questions. Yes / No questions are also called closed questions because there are only two possible responses: Yes or No. When forming a Yes / No question, it must include one of these verbs: BE, DO, HAVE, or a modal verb. It is impossible to ask a Yes / No question without one of these verbs. correct incorrect Are elections next year? Elections next year? Does he want to stay? He want to stay? Have the boys eaten? The boys eaten? Can the dog swim? The dog swim? Use the verb BE to ask Yes / No questions about the identity or description of a person, place, or thing.
  • 2. UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI ALISON VARELA question response Am I your friend? Yes. / Yes, you are. / Yes, you are my friend. Is this a good restaurant? No. / No, it is not. / No, it is not a good restaurant. Are these islands Greek? Yes. / Yes, they are. / Yes, these islands are Greek. Was his idea interesting? No. / No, it wasn’t. / No, his idea was not interesting. Were they happy? Yes. / Yes, they were. / Yes, they were happy. Note that the response can be short (Yes. / No.), or long: Yes or No followed by the subject and verb. Use the verb BE with a preposition to ask Yes / No questions about a present or past location. question response Am I at the correct location? No. / No, you aren’t. Are the keys under the books? No. / No, they are not. Was his house on an island? Yes. / Yes, it was. Were the demonstrations in the center of town? No. / No, they weren’t. Use the verb BE to ask a Yes / No question about a current activity or situation. This requires the present progressive: BE + (verb+ing). question response Am I going with you and Tom? Yes. / Yes, you are. Is she working today? No. / No, she isn’t. Are we seeing a play tomorrow? Yes. / Yes, we are. Use the verb BE to ask a Yes / No question about a past activity or situation. This requires the past progressive: WAS / WERE + (verb+ing). question response
  • 3. UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI ALISON VARELA Was it raining? Yes. / Yes, it was. Were they playing? No. / No, they weren’t. Use the verb BE to ask a Yes / No question with the passive voice. question response Is gold mined in Canada? Yes. / Yes it is. Are flowers grown here? No. / No, they are not. Was the book read? Yes. / Yes, it was. http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/learn-english/grammar/questions-yes-no/
  • 4. UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI ALISON VARELA June 5th , 2014 WH Question Words We use question words to ask certain types of questions (question word questions). We often refer to them as WH words because they include the letters WH (for example WHY, HOW). Question Word Function Example what asking for information about something What is your name? asking for repetition or confirmation What? I can't hear you. You did what? what...for asking for a reason, asking why What did you do that for?
  • 5. UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI ALISON VARELA when asking about time When did he leave? where asking in or at what place or position Where do they live? which asking about choice Which colour do you want? who asking what or which person or people (subject) Who opened the door? whom asking what or which person or people (object) Whom did you see? whose asking about ownership Whose are these keys? Whose turn is it? why asking for reason, asking what...for Why do you say that? why don't making a suggestion Why don't I help you? how asking about manner How does this work? asking about condition or quality How was your exam? how + adj/adv asking about extent or degree see examples below
  • 6. UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL DE CHIMBORAZO BLOG OF GRAMMAR VI ALISON VARELA how far distance How far is Pattaya from Bangkok? how long length (time or space) How long will it take? how many quantity (countable) How many cars are there? how much quantity (uncountable) How much money do you have? how old age How old are you? how come (informal) asking for reason, asking why How come I can't see her? http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/wh-question-words.htm