Formation of Short Answers

Formation of Short Answers :

Spcial verbs, as you have seen, have a very important part in the formation of negatives and questions. Another important function of these special verbs is their use in short answers.

It is not usual to give full answers to questions in Englsih.

For example, if you are asked the question “Are you going tcschool?” You should not say, “Yes. I am going to school”, “No. I am not going to school. “

This type of answer would be very formal and unnatural. You should say, “Yes. I am.” Or “No. I’m not.” or just “Yes” or “No”

The following is the most usual form of short answers to YES - NO quesiton : yes + pronoun +special verb

Or : no + pronoun + special verb + n’t

Exampels :

Have you a pencil?

Yes, I have.

No, I haven’t.

Is he honest?

Yes, he is.

No, he isn’t.

Was the train late?

Yes, it was.

No, it wasn’t.

Do you know Urdu?

Yes, I do.

No, idon’t.

Did Tom come again?

Yes, he did.

No, he didin’t.

Will Rupa pass the exam?

Yes, she will.

No, she won’t.

You must have noticed that the special verb which is used in the short answer is the same verb with which the question begins. If the subject of the question is a noun, its pronoun form is used in short answers.

Short answers can also be used to express agreement and disagreement.


Tom is lazy………Yes. He is

We can with the match……..Yes. We can

Gita sang well. ……..Yes. She did


Tom is lazy………No. He isn’t

You are joking……………No. I am not.

She likes him…………..No. She doesn’t

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Business English Exercises Index

Formation of Short Answers

Letter Asking A Donation
Letter Asking A Favor
Letter Asking for More Details
Letter Asking for Donations
Letter Denying of Dealership
Letter for Change of Address
Letter for Distributorship
Letter for Employment
Letter for Hotel Reservation
Letter for Letter of Credit
Letter for Line of Credit
Letter for Product Launch
Letter for Promotion
Letter for Retirement Congrats
Letter for Scholarship
Letter for Settlement of Bill
Letter for Tender
Letter for Testimonial
Letter of Agreement
Letter of Assurance
Letter of Credit
Letter of Enquiry
Letter of Order
Letter of Persuasion
Letter of Sympathy
Letter Offering Discount
Letter Related to Advertisement
Letter Related to Despatch
Letter Related to Training
Letter to A Foreign Buyer
Letter to Pen-Friend
Letter to Police
Letter with Order
Letter with Quotation
Letter Writing
Letters about Company Shares
Letters by Clubs and Societies
Letters by Landlords & Tenants
Letters for Appointment of Dealers
Letters for Business Relations
Letters for Buying and Selling
Letters for Credit & Collection
Letters for Foreign Travel
Letters for Lease & Tenancy
Letters for Loan & Borrowing
Letters for Transfer & Assignment
Letters for Insurance
Letters Noting Discrepancy
Letters of Condolence & Sorrow
Letters of Regret
Letters Regarding Maintenance
Letters Regarding Payment
Letters Related to Employees
Letters to Local Corporation
Letters to Postal Authorities
Letters to The Editor
Letters Used in Real Estate
Letters With Postal Department
Letters With Railways Authorities

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