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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?

Conversation Practise

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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