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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.

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Yes no questions
YES / NO QUESTIONS

Pamela Sue Rohring

EDD 537 – Language

Theories and Strategies II

February 22, 2001


Yes no questions1

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.

Declarative sentences

The girl will read a book.

subject

verb phrase

object

The girl will read a book.

auxiliary

subject

invert subject and auxiliary


w sentence in which the subject and the auxiliary verb are inverted.ill 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
The second type corresponds to a declarative sentence without an auxiliary verb.

Declarative Sentence

The students watched the movie.

The students watched the movie.

subject

past tense


Add a form of “do” without an auxiliary verb.

I do we do

you do you do

he, she, it does they do

WITHOUT AN AUXILIARY VERB

they

do

The student watched the movie.

s


The auxiliary verb shows tense
The auxiliary verb shows tense. without an auxiliary verb.

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. without an auxiliary verb.

subject

auxiliary

Then invert

subject and auxiliary

did The students watch the movie.

change capitalization

Did the student watch the movie.

?

addproper punctuation

QUESTION FORM:

Did the students watch the movie?


Tag questions
TAG QUESTIONS without an auxiliary verb.

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
DECLARATIVE without an auxiliary verb. SENTENCE

Judy is leaving now, isn’t she?

Judy is leaving now, isn’t she?

subject

Judy

is she (Judy) leaving now?

Is she (Judy) leaving now?

Is she leaving now?

QUESTION FORM:

Is she leaving now?


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