Yes-No questions meaning formula and examples

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Yes-no type questions meaning and examples


The question that is made using helping verbs like am, is, are, was, were, have, has, had, will, shall, do, does, did, can, could, may, might, should, would, must and the answer is yes or no is called as a yes-no question or the verbal question.

You will find all structures of yes-no type questions in tenses(Interrogative sentences)

We will study them in detail here.

Meaning and definition of  yes-no question

Often, we use the helping verb to ask the question and the expected answer is yes or no only in our spoken and written English.

In such cases, we prepare yes-no or verbal questions using the helping verbs of the English language.

List of helping verbs for making yes-no questions


2)To have-have/has/had/will have/shall have

3)To do-do/does/did

4)Modals auxiliary verbs- can, could, may, might, must, should, would

How to make yes-no type question

First, you should begin a sentence with a helping verb followed by a subject and then add the main verb or other supporting details like adverb/adjective/noun/phrase/modifiers

Eg. 1)Are you ready for the match?

2) Is she busy with her work?

3)Was he helpful?

4) Were they excited about the vacation?

5)Will you be my teacher?

If there is no helping verb in the sentences like the simple present or simple past, then use v1-do, v1+s/es- does, v2- did

1)Do you like your work?

2)Does he like his work?

3)Did they like their work?

The formula for making yes-no questions with examples

Helping verb+ subject+ main verb +object+?

Helping verb+ subject+ adverb/adjective/noun/phrase+ ?

Examples of yes-no questions in all 12 active and 8 passive voice tenses

1)Do you learn English?

2) Are you learning English?

3) Have you learnt English?

4) Have you been learning English?

5)Did you learn English?

6) Were you learning English?

7)Had you learnt English?

8) Had you been learning English?

9)Will you learn English?

10) Will you be learning English?

11) Will you have learnt English?

12) Will you have been learning English?

13) Is English learnt by you?

14) Is English being learnt by you?

15) Has English been learnt by you?

16) Was English learnt by you?

17) Was English being learnt by you?

18) Had English been learnt by you?

19) Will English be learnt by you?

20) Will English have been learnt by you?

Conclusion for yes-no questions

From the above discussion, it is clear that we can make yes-no questions by using helping and subject and object or other details.

I hope it will help you understand them.

learn more about wh-questions here.

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Dipak D. Jagtap: Always the learner.Having spent 16 years in English language training, its time now to reach the world to learn more and to share my experience and practices....
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