YES / NO QUESTIONS Pamela Sue Rohring EDD 537 – Language Theories and Strategies II February 22, 2001
Yes / No Questions Yes / No questions can be answered simply by yes or no, although more complex answers can be given. Yes / No questions can be divided into three basic types.
The first question type corresponds to a declarative sentence in which the subject and the auxiliary verb are inverted. The girl will read a book. invert subject and auxiliary subject verb phrase object subject auxiliary Declarative sentences The girl will read a book.
will The girl read a book. change capitalization Will the girl read a book add proper punctuation ? QUESTION FORM: Will the girl read a book?
The second type corresponds to a declarative sentence without an auxiliary verb. Declarative Sentence The students watched the movie. subjectpast tense
WITHOUT AN AUXILIARY VERB Add a form of do I we do you do you do he, she, it does they do The student watched the movie. theydo s
The auxiliary verb shows tense. You need a form of do in the past Singular Plural I did we did you did you did he, she, it did they did The main verb must return to present form. The students did watched the movie. The student did watch the movie.
The students did watch the movie. subjectauxiliary Then invert subject and auxiliary did The students watch the movie. change capitalization Did the student watch the movie. add proper punctuation ? QUESTION FORM: Did the students watch the movie?
TAG QUESTIONS Tag questions are the third type of yes/no questions. These consist of a declarative sentence followed by a question tag. The question tag consists of an auxiliary verb and a pronoun form of the subject.
DECLARATIVE SENTENCE Judy is leaving now, isnt she? subject is she (Judy) leaving now ? Is she (Judy) leaving now? Is she leaving now? QUESTION FORM: Is she leaving now? Judy