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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Answer: "Yeah, I do."

What's the question?

Answer: "No, she hasn't."

What's the question?

Answer: "No, I wasn't."

What's the question?

Answer: "Yes, I did."

What's the question?

Answer: "Sometimes."

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149 Comments on “Yes/No questions for advanced English students”


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I knew it that people often drop helping verbs in questions! xD

“What are you doing?” becomes “What you doing?”, and there is this characteristic “T_Y” sound. xD

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Alex, one question about the second sentence:

“Did you try the soup?” — If we drop “did”, do we change try to past tense “tried”? — “You tried the soup?”

Friday, November 23rd 2012

    You can do both since the listener will think you either meant to say “Did you try…” or “Have you tried…”

    Sunday, November 25th 2012

      Sir,good day!
      ,..uhmm,I’m so happy to watch your video, and it was awesome,yes, that topic is basic but it enlightens and force me to use still the helping verbs,…thank you Sir.

      Sunday, January 20th 2013

    The same question that I had. I like to pretend that I am an advanced speaker when I drop auxiliary verbs, but of course it is because I don’t follow grammar rules… So, in the second example I would say “You tried the soup?” instead of “Try”.

    Wednesday, December 26th 2012

    it depends on the accent

    Saturday, April 27th 2013

Awesome, I scored 5 out 5

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Thx Alex.I like it when any teacher brings a lesson for advance students. Veary good Alex.I appericiate.

Friday, November 23rd 2012

Thanks Alex you’re the best teacher!!!!!

Friday, November 23rd 2012

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE NEW UPDATES FROM YOU……….

Friday, November 23rd 2012

this pleace is amazing do not stop teaching you are best teachers god bless of all you.

Friday, November 23rd 2012

I GOT IT.THANKS

Saturday, November 24th 2012

I GOT IT. THANKS

Saturday, November 24th 2012

How you doing Alex!

Thanks!

Saturday, November 24th 2012

many thanks for the cognitive information!Alex, you are doing a great job, just keep it up and continue doing that way!:)
Best regards!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Hi, teacher. your explanations about yes/no questions was wonderdful. You solved a lot of doubts that i had . Thanks a lot..

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Hi , Alex.
My Thai teachers , they always strict , When I cut the auxiliary with that yes/no questions. So, I agree with you about the lesson but sometimes my teachers are disagreeable with that

Saturday, November 24th 2012

    Grammatically, you should put the auxiliary verb. However, in informal situations, many native speakers just drop the auxiliary verbs in questions.

    Sunday, November 25th 2012

Alex congrtaulation for your experience. You won all difficulties that all of non native-speakers have. I think that it was and also is rewarding for you, Now you are, in my opinion, a good english teacher. More one , congratulation for your victories.. that’s very good sound to hear.

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Nice Vid… I got 5/5… Thumbs UP UP UP

Saturday, November 24th 2012

great lesson thanks for theaching us Alex!!

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Oh god I’ve got 0 :( ,, maybe I will try my best ,,,,
Hhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Saturday, November 24th 2012

    Me too, but i’m trying.

    Monday, June 10th 2013

Hi,Alex!
Your lessons are ALWAYS great!!! Thank you very much!!!Everything is clear and simple.Great job!

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Thanks for this useful lesson. I’m always dreading to talk with englsh native speaers. They offen shorten phrases. That is the reason why it’s dificult for me to understant some movies without subtitles
In France we are worse: we shorten phrases, questions, and words (apocope)for instance ciné instance cinéma.
In engish do you use apocope ?
Yes, please do you want to make a lesson about english apocopes ? Thank you very much. Kind regards

Saturday, November 24th 2012

    This is a common thing for any language, not only for yours. But this is more complicated than you think. xD But I can tell you that Americans often reduce “function words”, for example “can” or “have got to”. They also simplify words like “cellphone” to “cell”.

    This is a very advanced and difficult thing, and it requires a lot of listening of native speakers. :)

    Listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mS7w_np2Nw

    Saturday, November 24th 2012

      Thanks for helping out and for the link. You’re absolutely right. At the advanced level, you have to do some un-learning and realize that the grammar rules you learned aren’t always followed.

      Wednesday, November 28th 2012

useful lesson, thanks, but…may i try it again?))))))))

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Thank you for this very useful lesson.

Saturday, November 24th 2012

Thank for the test.It was interesting

Saturday, November 24th 2012

You are good teacher Alex !!!

Saturday, November 24th 2012

thanks

Sunday, November 25th 2012

thanks Alex.

Sunday, November 25th 2012

Very good lesson!

tks

Sunday, November 25th 2012

I understood evrything , thank, i GOT 5

Sunday, November 25th 2012

thank you :)

Sunday, November 25th 2012

great 5/5 i am so happy , thank you very much

Sunday, November 25th 2012

Marvelous lesson Alex ;
One question if you drop the auxiliary verb how to figure out the full answer of Yes or No questions without auxiliary very and without mark for the tense ?
as the second sentences that you said ?
Did you try the soup ?
— you try the soup ?
how to give the full answer ?

and for this kinda of speak can it be used in formal conversation ^^

Sunday, November 25th 2012

    You would answer that question with “Yes, I did.”

    As mentioned, it’s more useful for informal conversations. Don’t write professional emails with this structure!

    Sunday, November 25th 2012

thank u teacher Alex I haven’t watched yet the video but i’ve downloaded it i really like your website I wish u all the best & by the way, I took the quiz & I got 5 out of 5
thank you so much

Sunday, November 25th 2012

Thank you Alex for your efforts, people like me should be overwhelmed.

Sunday, November 25th 2012

I am from India and preparing for jobs in India but foremost I am a writer and have written two novels but they aren’t in English and I want to translate them in English on my own that’s why I am here

Monday, November 26th 2012

    I want to find ways of reaching on that level so if there are any suggestions

    Monday, November 26th 2012

thank you Alex

Monday, November 26th 2012

Thank you Alex

Monday, November 26th 2012

Well done ! I love this website, thanks a lot :)

Monday, November 26th 2012

It was very interesting lecture. I always knew the natives don´t use always proper grammar in the questions, but I didn´t know why. Now I know.
One question, though.
The question number 4: Could second option be righ too. Did you see him anywhere? Yes, I did.

Monday, November 26th 2012

    Yes, that one is also a possibility. When I made the question, I was thinking “Do you see him anywhere?” instead of “Did you see him anywhere?” I just realized both have the same structure except for the auxiliary verb. Good eye! Thanks!

    Tuesday, November 27th 2012

thank you Alex, that was great I would never understand that without such an explanation like yours…. : D

Monday, November 26th 2012

good lesson, very useful

Monday, November 26th 2012

Thanks a lot! ur lesson is very useful!

Monday, November 26th 2012

Dear,Alex
Hope u do well,sir
I’m a little bit confused with a question.I hope if,you could help me on.well consider this as an answer of a question ( he is the second child of the family) would u plz make its question form.how can we express the question of this answer?what would that be? by the way this is Mahdi,thanks for the prompt reply by you,
yours faithfully.

Monday, November 26th 2012

    We don’t really have a common question for that situation in English. We ask things like “Is he/she the oldest/youngest?” I suppose you could ask, “Where did he come in the birth order?” but it sounds a little strange.

    Monday, November 26th 2012

Hello folks, I want to know when can use ( IF ) or ( WHETHER )or If I can use them both in any sentences?

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

it is nice lesson

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

hey Alexs,
I REALLY appreciated to keep in touch you.
so i wana know what is your idea about the key of learning english.and also tell me how can i understand poems well,by the way suggest me some books you consider to be helpfull about grammer.and tell me in this situation that i m not in a native english speaker country,how can i boost my english speaking skill as well?

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

    Hi Mahdi,

    If you don’t live in an English-speaking country, it can be very difficult to become fluent in the language. The key is really simple, but the process is really long: exposure. The more you’re around the language, the more you talk with people in the language, the more you read in the language, watch movies in the language, and just practice, practice, practice…the better you’ll get at it. That’s really the key. There’s no substitute for hard work and practice.

    In regards to books, there are lots of really good series out there, but none of them is perfect. Here are some of the popular grammar books available today:

    Understanding and Using English Grammar by Betty Azar (this is really popular and has lots of practice, as well as pictures and grammar explanation charts. It’s also really attractive.)
    Focus on Grammar
    Grammar Express

    Poems are hard to understand for native speakers of any language! Some quick tips: look at the tense of the poem, learn about symbolic/figurative meaning, learn about analogies, metaphors, and similes.

    Good luck!

    Wednesday, November 28th 2012

    Try to choose these fields that you are good at or that are interesting for you. The process of learning will be faster if you give your brain what it likes even if it doesn’t understant the language. xD

    Wednesday, November 28th 2012

Thanks teacher… You rock!

Wednesday, November 28th 2012

Hi.Alex
I wish every thing go well to you.
I really appreciate by your prompt reply
to be brutally honest,I have decided to learn english just like a native,even better,and i will fulfil to that by heading a team.I understand thou art always on the go,but I wana ask you to help me in this manner.Are you up for telling me some of the up-to-date topics that students should pass in orther to get IELTS degree there in Canada.I’m about to work on them.
thanks indeed.
blessed days ahead.

Thursday, November 29th 2012

    IELTS is tricky because you never really know which topic you’re going to get. I’ve taught it before, and here are some of the topics that came up for the speaking and writing sections:

    -family and relationships
    -sports and leisure
    -environmentalism and animal protection
    -the impact of technology
    -education

    If you didn’t know, there are two writing sections: the first deals with summarizing information from a chart or graph, while the second is about formulating an argument in regards to a given topic.

    Hope this helps!

    Wednesday, December 5th 2012

Hi Alex, 1 question only, is it correct if i said, i did not answered.

Friday, November 30th 2012

hey Alex
great to have you
I’M Shabnam from Iran and have been newly known with your site by my pal(Mahdi)
I wana know what,what you consider as the best way of learning English.
your sincerely

Friday, November 30th 2012

    As I mentioned above, exposure to the language is the key. There is no magic formula except for practice. It helps if you’re in an English-speaking environment, and having a private tutor is a good idea as well, if you can afford it.

    Wednesday, December 5th 2012

teacher what is the correct ? patronize or patronise and
is there a word called patronisinguses..:)
please help me

Friday, November 30th 2012

    “Patronize” is considered the American spelling, while “Patronise” is considered the British spelling.

    Make dictionary.com your friend!

    Wednesday, December 5th 2012

      he..he .got it..thank you sir.:)

      Monday, December 10th 2012

Thank you, Sir! I got 4/5.

Friday, November 30th 2012

what is transformation-generative grammer

Friday, November 30th 2012

Best Website to learn English and Best Teachers

Saturday, December 1st 2012

heeeeeeey alex
could you please answer me as soon as possible
thanks in advanced

Saturday, December 1st 2012

thanks a lot teacher alex awesome your lesson is very usefull…….

Saturday, December 1st 2012

hi Alex… thanks 4 ur lecture
HOW WE know in Yes /No questions start? because there are (is , are , do , does , have , and has ) to ask questions with?

Sunday, December 2nd 2012

    We commonly use it with the subject “you,” but it is possible with other subjects. For example, “Are they gonna come on time?” works as “They gonna come on time?”

    Wednesday, December 5th 2012

awsome lesson, than you so much

Monday, December 3rd 2012

Hello,I’ve got 1 question about the dropping of auxiliary verbs…There’s this sentence-“Did you try the soup?”.It actually(if I’m not mistaken,of course) refers to the past,which afterwards,seeing “You try the soup?” makes me confused.Isn’t it better to ask “You tried the soup?”,I mean,to put the verb in the time that it refers to?Cause “You try the soup?” is more about the present tense,like do you do that or are you doing that now.

Monday, December 3rd 2012

    “You tried the soup?” sounds more like “Have you tried the soup?” which has a similar meaning to “Did you try the soup?”

    Wednesday, December 5th 2012

Greetings from Costa Rica! Great opportunity to improve my english! I worked in San Jose Costa Rica teaching english to kids ( public school) Thank you!

Tuesday, December 4th 2012

Question 5. (I don’t understand)

You ever been on a roller coaster?
You ever watch professional wrestling?
You ever applied for a job and got an interview right away?

Wouldn’t the three be correct?

Thursday, December 6th 2012

    Absolutely. All three are good informal questions.

    Friday, December 7th 2012

Teacher Alex,

I can’t thank you enough.

Keep it up !

Friday, December 7th 2012

I got them right 100% .

Regards

Friday, December 7th 2012

i apprecite that teacher but can i use that in written english?

Saturday, December 8th 2012

how do we know make questions with (is , am , are ) do , does ? whats the diffirence? because we have wh…? and Yes / NO QUESTIONS?
just the rule.

Saturday, December 8th 2012

    Yes/No questions start with auxiliary verbs. (do/did/can/could/am/is/are/was/were/should/have/might/etc.)

    Open questions start with WH- questions words and “how.” (who/what/where/when/which/why/how)

    Sunday, December 9th 2012

Oh, I didn’t make myself clear.
I mean, for the same answer, “sometimes”, wouldn’t the three questions be correct?

Saturday, December 8th 2012

    Oh, I understando now. The second question is the correct one for it means, Do you ever watch…

    Saturday, December 8th 2012

    In that case, no. Only the second one is possible, because it asks “Do you ever…?” The other two questions ask “Have you ever…?” which needs a yes/no response.

    Sunday, December 9th 2012

hey alexes
it’s awesome lesson but somehow i need to practice. so can u help me to do that?
i need to speak more than listening

Sunday, December 9th 2012

    Sorry, but I don’t do private lessons online.

    Sunday, December 9th 2012

      It’s OK. just i need to know how to practice if u know anything to help.
      thnx

      Monday, December 10th 2012

very helpful lecture! thanks!!Alex

Thursday, December 13th 2012

very nice!!!

Thursday, December 13th 2012

Hi good lesson thank you.

Friday, December 14th 2012

thank you for good lesson

Saturday, December 15th 2012

thanks a lot i understood all but i got 80 (You got 4 correct out of 5.)

Sunday, December 16th 2012

such a great lesson! Thx so much ^^

Monday, December 17th 2012

Thanks Alex ,you’re so good .have a good one.

Thursday, December 20th 2012

Thanks Alex. That’s great !

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

thanks

Sunday, December 23rd 2012

Hi Alex, I am new student. thank you

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

What is right right auxiliar verb for the question: You ever watch professional wrestling?

Wednesday, December 26th 2012

hi Alex , thanks for lesson
I have question can I say do you try the soup
so this is will be in present

Friday, December 28th 2012

HI Alex, I just wanna say
u r the champion !! Thx-!!

Saturday, December 29th 2012

great lesson, thanks for sharing your expertise
to us for free!

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

Hi Alex, your classes are really helpful, I’m enjoying watch them all! Thanks.:)

Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

thanks a lot

Saturday, January 5th 2013

I got 5 correct out of 5… :) thanks a lot Mr.Alex,,u have been teaching me loud and clear.

Saturday, January 12th 2013

Hi, good advice, I had good score in the quiz, but I would like to suggest that in the end give us an explanation about the correct answers.
Thank you

Tuesday, January 15th 2013

Hi, good advice, I had good score in the quiz, but I would like to suggest that in the end give us an explanation about the correct answers.
Thank you

Tuesday, January 15th 2013

Good day Sir,
I am a student,and I was assigned as the reporter of our class by next week Saturday, and the report that was assigned to me is the SENTENCE PATTERNS, yes I already know/understand that topic, but I need more good explanations for that and wish to have more good examples that I can share to my classmates.In prior to this, I’m requesting that could you please share a video that emphasizes/elaborates the said topic if you don’t mind? I extend my advance THANKS to you Sir.Hoping for your kind response.
Have a great day! MABUHAY!
.

Sunday, January 20th 2013

Alex. Thinking about the fact of not using auxiliar words in a question is also due to the influence of another language in the culture. All latinamerican people dont use auxiliar forms in the questions because there is no need of doing that ’cause spanish language doesnt require those words. So, the easiest (laziest) way to ask a question in English is to do it in the same way that is done in their home countries. (Just a thinking) ;)

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

what is the key factor to learn english very fast sir….

Wednesday, January 23rd 2013

thankyou so much. it was helpful

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

Hi. Alex, this is a useful lesson.
Thank you so much.

Monday, February 4th 2013

Got 5 out of 5 , thank you for a great lesson !

Tuesday, February 12th 2013

Hi Alex, Thanks so much!! =)

Sunday, February 17th 2013

thankssssssssssssssss

Monday, February 18th 2013

Thanks for your time :) I know is not easy to do this kind of job :)

Thursday, February 28th 2013

Really confuging. Too short lesson for a so difficult issue. Maybe another time we can enjoy of a bigger explanation;)

Wednesday, March 6th 2013

please, may can you put long video more?
thank you

Thursday, March 7th 2013

Alex you and ronnie are my favorites teachers ¡,,, thanks a lot…..

Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Thanks Alex
this time, I saw your video for the first time.
It was very short and sweet!
When I went to America, most of local people spoke very quickly and shortly like this lesson.
I practice hard so that I can close to native speakers.
Thank you

Sunday, March 31st 2013

On the question 4 when you answered “yes, I did” If I answer you: did you like pizza?. Yes, I did. Is it wrong?. Thanks for your help.

Wednesday, June 5th 2013

I got 3 correct answer

Monday, June 17th 2013

4 from 5 not a bad result Thanks Alex

Friday, June 21st 2013

hi Alex. very helpful lesson :D. thanks very much

Friday, June 21st 2013

Hi Alex,
wanna , Gonna are formal expressions?

Tuesday, July 2nd 2013

    No, they’re informal/casual!

    Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

      Thank You

      Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Hi Sir,
Can you please answer me what is the wrong with
the following answers for the 5th question which I thought correct.

5.
Answer: “Sometimes.”
What’s the question?

my answer: You ever applied for a job and got an interview right away?
You ever been on a roller coaster?
Please tell me what is the wrong with these two answers

Saturday, July 27th 2013

I got 3 correct out of 5. I think I did my best. But I hope to try the quiz someday again. Thank you, Alex :)

Saturday, September 28th 2013

I got 4 out of 5 did pretty good!!yeah..very helpful.

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

got a 100 oh yeah

Monday, October 28th 2013

5/5 Thanks! Please do more advanced lessons!

Saturday, November 2nd 2013

I’m from Vietnam ! Thanks so much, Alex !

Sunday, November 10th 2013

Thank you very much.

Sunday, November 10th 2013

Thank you Alex, you are great teacher.

Monday, November 11th 2013

Teacher Alex, whether or not the lesson is basic or advance for some of us, you’re giving us a “free lessons” to understand and apply the rules in our everyday usage of the language. Thank you very much. I really appreciate the lesson.

Monday, November 18th 2013

Thanks sir, amazing I got 100%, I cannot believe.

Monday, January 20th 2014

If I use this form ,the others think that I don’t knoww speak english ,in another countries.

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

thanks Alex.

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Got it! Alex, you ever learned Spanish? xD

Sunday, April 20th 2014

è un po difficile…. is somewhat difficult
thanks Alexx

Saturday, June 7th 2014

Is it true?If we use present progressive as a future the meaning will be unintentional.

Friday, August 8th 2014

Ehhh 80 %. Alex Thanks.

Friday, August 8th 2014

Much appreciated, Alex.. We need more and more.

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

It so easy thanks

Thursday, November 20th 2014

It so easy

Thursday, November 20th 2014
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