TYPES OF QUESTIONS
In English, there are two main types of questions which are;
- Yes / No Questions
- Wh – Questions
YES / NO QUESTIONS
Yes / No questions are the questions which are answered yes or no. It means when we are asking yes/no questions, we are expecting the answer, yes or no.
To form Yes/No questions, we use one of these verbs: auxiliary verbs ( be, do and have ) or modal verbs ( can, may,etc.).
We can not use questions words like what, how, why, who, etc. whilw making Yes/No questions.
FORMING YES/NO QUESTIONS
Yes / No questions are made, using the verb (am, is, are, was, were, have, had, do, does, did, can, will, should etc.) at the beginning of a sentence. Namely, subject and verb change their position in statement and question.
With An Auxiliary Verb ( “Be” or “Do” or “Have” ) or Modal Verb
With Modal Verbs
( MODALS / MODAL AUXILIARIES / MODAL AUXILIARY VERBS )
There are many modal verbs in English. Here some are;
We use modal verbs in yes no questions when asking about possibility or uncertainity. All modal verbs are followed by a main verb in its base form ( V1 ).
In statements, the form is;
Subject + Modal + Main Verb + ….
Examples:I can swim.We must go.You should do your homework.
They must wait for us.
He may be at home.
1. If the sentence has a main verb and a modal verb, question form is;
Modal + Subject + Main Verb + ….
|I may visit you tomorrow.||May I visit you tomorrow?|
|You can repeat it.||Can you repeat it?|
|She will pass the salt.||Will you pass the salt?|
|We should stay here.||Should we stay here?|
|They might come.||Might they come?|
2. If we want to make a negative yes/no question with”modals”, question form is
Modal + NOT + Subject + Main Verb + ….
|We can be friends.||Can’t we be friends?|
|I will let you go.||Won’t you let me go?|
|You should be in school.||Shouldn’t you be in school?|
|He ought to study hard.||Oughtn’t he to study hard?|
|They could ride.||Couldn’t they ride?|
3. When we are replying the question, we can use short or long form for the answer. Answer forms are;
Yes + Subject + Modal Verb ( + … )
No + Subject + Modal Verb + Not ( + …. )
|Can we get married?||Yes. / Yes, we can. / Yes, we can get married.|
|Would you like to drink tea?||No. / No, I wouldn’t. / No, I wouldn’t like to drink tea.|
|Might he come tomorrow?||Yes. / Yes, I might. / Yes, I might come tomorrow.|
|Should I clean my room every day?||No. / No, you shouldn’t. / No, you shouldn’t clean your room every day .|
|Will you sit down?||Yes. / Yes, I will. / Yes, I will sit down.|
|Could you tell me about yourself?||No. / No, I couldn’t. / No, I couldn’t tell you about myself.|
( generally short form is used as an answer )
YES/NO QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH MODAL VERBS