Questions can be of two kinds. Those that get a positive or a negative reply (yes/no questions) and those that begin with question words: what, where, when, how, why, who etc. (wh-questions).
Yes/no questions can be formed with helping verbs be, have, do or the modal verbs will, shall, would, can, could etc.
Note: We use negative questions especially to show surprise.
A. Simple yes/no questions and answers with ‘be’:
Question 1: Are you a student?
Answer: Yes, I’m.
Question 2: Is your name Nanna?
Answer: No, it’s not. I’m Adnan.
Question 3: Are you okay?
Answer: Yes, fine, thanks.
Question 4: Are you busy?
Answer: Yes, a bit. Not much.
Question 5: Is your papa at home?
Answer: Let me check. Yes, he’s just arrived. I’m afraid he’s gone out. My papa is about to come. He must be here somewhere. No, papa isn’t at home. I don’t think so. He is at school.
Question 6: Is your mum an employee?
Answer: Yes, she’s an air hostess. No, she’s a housewife.
Question 7: Is your brother a lawyer?
Answer: No, he’s a professor.
Question 8: Are your grandparents alive?
Answer: Yes, Thank God. Yes, they are alive and kicking. Yes, they are alive and well.
Question 9: Was Firdous at work yesterday?
Answer: Yes, she was there.
Question 10: Are you born in December?
Answer: Yes, I was born on 20th December. I’m afraid I couldn’t tell you exactly.
B. Simple yes/no questions and answers with ‘has’, ‘have, ‘had’:
Question 1 Have you go some time please.
Answer: I’m afraid, I haven’t.
Question 2 Has Fida got any personal problem?
Answer: Yes, he’s a lot of problems. I don’t know.
Question 3 Have you got the food cooked?
Answer: I didn’t find time.
Question 4 Has papa got ready?
Answer: No, he’s just taken the breakfast.
Question 5 Have you sent out all the invitations?
Answer: Yes, I’ve already done so.
Question 6 Have the guest come?
Answer: Yes, they’ve come quite long time ago.
Question 7 Have you got new glasses?
Answer: Yes, I’ve.
Question 8 Have all the children slept?/ Have all the children gone to sleep?
Answer: No, they’ve not.
Question 9 Haven’t you got any friends here?
Answer: Only a few. However, everybody is friendly here.
Question 10 Had Albert Einstein the mind of a genius?
Answer: Yes, sure.
C. Simple yes/no questions and answers with ‘do’:
Question 1 Do you ever go swimming?
Answer: Yes, I go swimming in the swimming-pool every day.
Question 2 Do you like fishing?
Answer: Yes, I go fishing in the nearby river.
Question 3 Do you go for a walk daily?
Answer: I almost go every day. No, I don’t.
Question 4 Do you get up late?
Answer: No, I get up right time.
Question 5 Do you watch movie on T.V?
Answer: Yes, I do but not very often.
Question 6 Do you like Chinese food?
Answer: Yes, I’m food of it. / Yes, I do.
Question 7 Do you stay at home on Sunday evening?
Answer: Yes, I do.
Question 8 Do you like Monday?
Answer: Oh, no, it’s boring after two good days.
Question 9 Don’t you have a pen?
Answer: Yes, I forgot it at home.
Question 10 Didn’t you meet him yesterday?
Answer: Yes, I met him yesterday.
D. Simple questions and answers with Modal verbs:
Question 1 Can I talk to Neelam, please.
Answer: Yes, just hold on.
Question 2 Can you go with us Maria?
Answer: I’m sorry. I can’t. I don’t feel like. Not right now. Not now.
Question 3 Could you repair these shoes?
Answer: Yes, certainly.
Question 4 Could you help me please?
Answer: Yes, by all means.
Question 5 May I borrow your car?
Answer: Yes, with pleasure. It’s yours.
Question 6 May I see your ticket?
Answer: Yes, here is it.
Question 7 Might I say something?
Answer: Why not?
Question 8 Might I stay in this office till tonight?
Answer: No, not at all. I’m sorry. It’s not allowed.
Question 9 Will he stay with you?
Answer: Yes, he’ll.
Question 10 Will you return soon?
Answer: Yes, I’ll not stay long.
Question 11 Shall we go for sight seeing?
Answer: I’m sorry. I can’t.
Question 12 Shall I close the door?
Answer: Yes, that’s a good thing. Yes, it’s a good idea.
Question 13 Would you like some cold drink?
Answer: Oh yes, please. I would like an orange juice.
Question 14 Would you like some more rice?
Answer: No, thanks. I’ve already eaten enough.
Question 15 Should I tell you?
Answer: Well, I suppose so. I don’t mind. It’s up to you.
Question 16 Should I invite him to the party?
Answer: I wish it done.
Question 17 Must I go to school?
Answer: Yes, you must go now.
Question 18 Must I ask you to leave?
Answer: No, I must away.
Question 19 Need not you spend more time here?
Answer: Not really.
Question 20 Need not we give any more money?
Answer: Yes, that’s right.
Question 21 Ought I not to ring her?
Answer: Yes, you say deadly right.
Question 22 Ought I not to go for my own good?
Answer: No, that’s wrong.
E. Simple questions and answers with ‘Wh-words’:
Question 1 Where’s Zeeshan?
Answer: I don’t know. I think he’s in his room. I suppose he’s still at work.
Question 2 Where on earth is Bilal?
Answer: God knows!
Question 3 Where did you have lunch?
Answer: I went to hotel.
Question 4 Where was the hotel?
Answer: There was one at the end of this street.
Question 5 What did you like and what didn’t you like?
Answer: I like chicken soup but I didn’t like vegetable.
Question 6 What are you thinking about?
Answer: I’m thinking of giving up my job.
Question 7 How is weather outside?
Answer: It’s awfully hot.
Question 8 What would you like to take?
Answer: I only need a glass of water.
Question 9 What happened to Raja?
Answer: He had his nose broken in a fight.
Question 10 What’s wrong with you?
Answer: I think I’ve got flu. I’ve got a sore throat. I’ve got a headache. I’ve got stomach-ache. My eyesight is very weak.
Question 11 What did you open the door with?
Answer: I open it with a screw driver.
Question 12 Who set the house on fire?
Answer: I suppose it was an accident.
Question 13 How was your journey from Pakpattan to Hyderabad?
Answer: It was a dreadful journey.
Question 14 Why did you leave out question three?
Answer: It was too difficult.
Question 15 When did she arrive?
Answer: She arrived late.
Question 16 What’s the name of your locality?
Answer: Dhaki Badar Diwan, Pakpattan Sharif.
Question 17 What’s in the newspaper today?
Answer: I don’t know. I haven’t read it yet.
Question 18 Whom does she want to meet?
Answer: She wants to see her mother.
Question 19 Who is that girl?
Answer: I don’t know. I have never seen her before.
Question 20 Whose book is this?
Answer: Oh, it’s mine.
Question 21 What do you do at the weekend?
Answer: I do nothing except watching T.V.
Question 22 How about outside?
Answer: Great idea!
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