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When to Use Yes No Questions

Yes No questions are questions that do not take a question word such as 'what', 'when', 'where', etc. Yes No questions are used to check information, ask for a confirmation and check facts. Here are some examples:

Do you live in Seattle?
Was he late for work yesterday?
Are you coming to the meeting tomorrow?

Yes No questions are generally answered with Yes No answers that include an auxiliary verb. Here are some examples:

Do you live in Seattle? - Yes, I do.
Did he go to work yesterday? - Yes, he did.
Are you coming to the meeting tomorrow? - No, I'm not.

Notice that Yes answers include the subject and the full auxiliary verb:

Are they working on that report? - Yes, they are.
Have you ever visited Paris? - Yes, I have.
Will you help me? - Yes, I will.

No answers include the auxiliary verb plus not and often employs the short form (contraction):

Do they live in Chicago? - No, they don't.
Is she watching TV? - No, she isn't.
Did we get the contract? - No, we didn't.

Here is an overview of Yes No questions in a wide variety of tenses:

Present Simple

Do / Does + S + Verb? - (Do you like ice cream?)

Yes, I do.
No, I don't.
Yes, he / she / it does.
No, he / she / it doesn't.
Yes, we / you / they do.
No, we / you / they don't.

Present Continuous

Am / Is / Are + S + Verb + ing? - (Are they studying English?)

Yes, I am.
No, I'm not.
Yes, he / she / it is.
No, he / she / it isn't.
Yes, we / you / they are.
No, we / you / they aren't.

Present Perfect

Have / Has + S + Past Participle? - (Has she lived here long?)

Yes, I have.
No, I haven't.
Yes, he / she / it has.
No, he / she / it hasn't.
Yes, we / you / they have.
No, we / you / they haven't.

Past Simple

Did + S + Verb? - (Did she stay in New York?)

Yes, I / you / he / she / it / we / you /they did.
No, I I / you / he / she / it / we / you /they didn't.

Past Continuous

Was / Were + S + Verb + ing? - (Were they working at three in the afternoon?)

Yes, I was.
No, I wasn't.
Yes, he / she / it was.
No, he / she / it wasn't.
Yes, we / you / they were.
No, we / you / they weren't.

Future Simple

Will + S + Verb? - (Will you come to the party?)

Yes, I / you / he / she / it / we / you /they will.
No, I I / you / he / she / it / we / you /they won't.

Future with Going to

Am / Is / Are + S + going to + Verb? - (Is he going to attend the meeting?)

Yes, I am.
No, I'm not.
Yes, he / she / it is.
No, he / she / it isn't.
Yes, we / you / they are.
No, we / you / they aren't.

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