Yes/No Questions


What are “Yes/No” questions?

  • We use “Yes/No” questions to discover simple information about someone or something.

  • Most “Yes/no” questions start with “do/does” or the “to be” verb:

    • Are you a student?

    • Do you like pizza?

    • Are you going to the party?

    • Is it cold there?

How do we make “Yes/No” questions?

  • Using the verb “to be”:

    • We take a regular statement with the verb “to be” and switch the verb and the  subject:

      • You are happy. = Are you happy?

      • She is smart. = Is she smart?

      • They are hungry. = Are they hungry?

      • We are going to the party. = Are we going to the party?

  • Using “do” or “does”:

    • We need to use “do” or “does” to make questions out of statements that do not use the verb “to be.”

    • If the subject is 1st-person (I), 2d-person (you) or 3rd-person plural (they), we add “do”.

      • You like science. = Do you like science?

      • I need to talk to my teacher.  = Do I need to talk to my teacher?

      • They want to eat dinner. = Do they want to eat dinner?

    • If the subject is 3rd-person singular (he, she, Mark, etc.), use “does”.

      • She likes history. = Does she like history?

      • Tom has a sister. = Does Tom have a sister?  

How do we answer “Yes/No” questions?

  • You answer questions with: “Yes” + subject + “do/does/did/am/are/is”

    • Does she like math? Yes, she does.

    • Does he listen to rap music? Yes, he does.

  • You can also answer with: “Yes” + subject + verb in the present tense.

    • Does he walk to work? Yes, he walks to work

  • Do you cook every night? Yes, I cook every night.


I. Fill in the blank with the correct form of the verb “to be” or “do/does.”

  • ______ you hungry?

  • ______ she want to come over?

  • ______ she going to school tomorrow?

  • ______ you like to dance?

  • ______ they study biology?

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