Yes/No questions with to be

When do you use a yes/no question?
You use it when you want to know if something is true or false. For example: Your friend doesn't look happy when you see him. You ask him: Are you okay? because you want him to confirm your feelings.
How do you pose a yes/no question?
Change the word order: put the verb in front of the pronoun/noun: Noun/pronoun + to be + … To be + noun/pronoun + …? You are tired. Are you tired? The boy is sick. Is the boy sick?
You can answer: Yes. / No.. But this sometimes sounds impolite. It is better to answer: Are you a teacher? – Yes, I am. / No, I'm not.
Rewrite the sentences into yes/no questions. Do not change the pronouns.
  1.  You are in England.  

  2.  He is her brother.  

  3.  They are excited.  

  4.  This is his friend.  

  5.  The flight is great.  


Questions with other main verbs

You must use the correct form of to do:
Put "do/does" in front of the pronoun and the main verb into the infinitive.
  • He walks a lot. Does he walk a lot?
  • You walk a lot. Do you walk a lot?
  • I walk a lot. Do I walk a lot?
  • They walk a lot. Do they walk a lot?
You can answer by only saying Yes. / No. but this is very impolite. Better say: Does he walk a lot? – Yes, he does. / No, he doesn't.
Rewrite the sentences into yes-no-questions. Remember to use the form of to do.
Übungsvorschlag: wieder cloze, Sätze wie oben in den Beispielen, in beiden Übungen sollten Vokabeln aus Unit 1-2 wiederverwendet werden

Keeping the word order

Another way of asking a "yes-no- question" is to say a statement, but raise your voice at the end: "You are tired?"

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