Yes/No Questions There are many types of questions in English.

The easiest are questions that can be answered "yes" or "no." A: Are you from around here? B: Yes, I am. A: Do you come here often? B: Yes, I do. A: Can I buy you a drink? B: No, thanks. A: Are you married? B: Yes, I am. To form a question from a statement, first count the number of verbs. John is a doctor. One verb: is (be) Jane drives a sports car. One verb: drives Joan played basketball last night. One verb: played Jan is eating her dinner. Two verbs: is eating June has rented an apartment. Two verbs: has rented Jen has been living there since 1969. Three verbs: has been living If there is one verb in the statement and the verb is a form of be, simply switch the positions of the subject and verb. Statement Question John is a doctor. The Jensens are here. Is John a doctor? Are the Jensens here?

If there are two verbs, simply switch the positions of the subject and first verb. Statement Jan is eating dinner. June has rented an apartment. Jen has been living here since 1969. Question Is Jan eating dinner? Has June rented an apartment? Has Jen been living here since 1969?

If there is one verb, and the verb is not a form of be, the process is more complex. 1. Add Do to the beginning of the sentence. The Johnsons live in that house. Do the Johnsons live in that house?

2. If the main verb "carries" a third person singular s, move the s to Do, making it Does. Do Jane drives a car? (Not finished yet!) Does Jane drive a car? (Good question!) 3. If the main verb "carries" past tense, move the past tense to Do, making it Did. Jane drives a car.

Joan played basketball last night. Are you?A: Yes. I'm from Hollywood. I'm from Oregon.B: Do you know any movie stars?A: No. Question Have you a pet ferret? (British) Do you have a pet ferret? (American) . I don't go out at night. Do Joan played basketball? (Not finished yet!) Did Joan play basketball? (Good question!) In conversation. In British English. Statement You have a pet ferret. A: Are you from California?B: No. the main verb have sometimes functions like be in questions. This is not common in American English. most questions are asked of the second person (you) and answered in the first (I).

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