Yes / No questions

Yes / No questions are those questions that expect ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as answer. These questions do not take the question words when, what, where etc.

Yes / No questions are used to check information or ask for confirmation.

  • ‘Are you coming with us?’

Ans:    ‘Yes.’

  • ‘Has he returned the car?’

Ans:    ‘No, he hasn’t.’

  • ‘Do you live in Chicago?’

Ans:    ‘No, I don’t.’

  • ‘Does she speak English?

Ans:    ’Yes, she does.’

  • ‘Did you meet John yesterday?’

Ans:    ‘No, I didn’t.’

Note the use of auxiliary verbs in the above examples.

When we answer Yes / No questions we do not normally repeat the complete the question. Instead, we use an appropriate auxiliary verb. This auxiliary is usually present in the question.

  • ‘Does Mike live with you?’

Ans    ‘Yes, he does.’

  • ‘Did Maya tell you she wasn’t coming?’

Ans:   ‘No, she didn’t.’

In negative answers we use the auxiliary verb and not. Usually a contracted form is used.

  • ‘Have you ever visited Argentina?’

Ans:    ‘Yes, I have.’

  • ‘Will you help me?’

Ans: ‘No, I won’t.’ (won’t = will not)


Here is an overview of Yes / No questions in different tenses.

Present Simple

  • ‘Do you speak English?’

Ans:‘Yes, I do.’

  • ‘Does she speak English?’

Ans:‘No, she doesn’t.’


Present continuous

  • ‘Are you coming with us?’

Ans:   ‘Yes, I am.’

  • ‘Is it raining?’

Ans:   ‘Yes, it is.’

  • ‘Is it snowing?’

Ans:    ‘No, it isn’t.’


Present Perfect

  • ‘Have you received the letter?’

Ans:    ‘Yes, I have.’

  • ‘Has he returned from Mumbai?’

Ans:    ‘No, he hasn’t.’


Past Simple

  • ‘Did you know the answer?’

Ans:    ‘No, I didn’t.’

  • ‘Did he get the letter?’

Ans:‘Yes, he did.’


Past Continuous

  • ‘Were you sleeping then?’

Ans:   ‘Yes, I was.’

  • ‘Was he reading his lessons?’

Ans:    ‘No, I won’t.’



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