Learning English. Learn English with an English Vocabulary Phrase Lesson: Yes, No questions.
Yes/No questions are great for English conversation at beginner levels.
If you ask a yes/no question, the answer from the other person will be easy.
e.g. Yes. Or, No.
- Do you like skiing? Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.
- Is this a pencil? Yes, it is. / No, it isn’t.
If you ask an open ended question, the other person’s answer can be more difficult to understand.
- A: What is your hobby?
- B: Well, ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed downhill skiing, but i don't really do that much anymore.
For conversation, many yes/no questions can be made up starting with:
- Can you…?
- Do you…?
- Are you…?
For questions that start like this, the answer will always be yes or no. Here are some examples:
- Can you swim?
- Can you play baseball?
- Can you drive a car?
- Can you eat with chopsticks?
- Can you eat spicy food?
- Are you American?
- Are you happy that the Yankees won?
- Are you from a big family?
- Are you an engineer?
- Are you going to the party tonight?
- Do you like Chinese food?
- Do you travel often?
- Do you ever go to the movies?
- Do you work for this company?
- Do you miss home?
Note: “Do you…?” questions using the past tense become, “Did you…?”. They are also very common. Example:
- Did you see the game last night?
- Did you enjoy the party last Saturday?
- Did you graduate from this university?
- Did you eat lunch?
- Did you go out yesterday?
Another form of question that gives yes/no answers and is useful for conversation is the “Have you ever…?” type.
- Have you ever been to Las Vegas?
- Have you ever been to Niagara Falls?
- Have you ever had red wine?
- Have you ridden a horse?
- Have you eaten Mexican food?
Turn the following questions into yes/no questions?
- What kind of food do you like?
- Where are you from?
- How about the game last night?
- Where have you visited?
- What kind of drinks have you had?
- What did you do last night?
- Tell me about your family?
- What are you doing tonight?
- What do you do?
- How do you feel about being away from home
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