Short Questions and Answers

Doctor with Arms Crossed

Short questions are very common in English speaking. In this lesson, we will practice to make short questions and short answers in different ways.

Are you a doctor? Yes, I am.
No, I’m a nurse.
Is he from Colombia? Yes, he is
No, he isn’t.
No, he’s from Venezuela.
Is it time to go? Yes, it is.
No, it isn’t.
Not yet.
Is she married? Yes, she is.
No, she isn’t.
I don’t know.
Are they here yet? Yes, they are.
No, they aren’t.
Do you live in Oklahoma? Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.
No, I live in Texas.
Does she drink coffee? Yes, she does.
No, she doesn’t.
No, she drinks tea.
Does it fly? Yes, it does.
No, I don’t think so.
Do you need some help? Yes, I do.
No, I’m fine.
Can I have this? Yes, you can.
No, you can’t.
Should we go? Yeah.
Okay.
No, not yet.
Could you help me? Sure. No, sorry.

 

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There is a problem that many English students face. What verb should you use in the short answer? In the above conversation, the question uses the verb “go.” But the verb in the short answer is “did.” The difficulty is deciding which verb to use in the short answer. Here are 2 more examples:

Jake: Did you have dinner yet?
Mary: Yes, I did.

Robert: Should I have purchased a better computer?
Phil: Yes, you should have.

Both of the above conversations contain the verb “have,” but only one uses it in the short answer. Why? It’s simple. We have a great way to remember the rule.

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