Short Questions and Answers

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 Brazil.

  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 Birmingham?

Yes, I do.
No, I don't.
No, I live in London.

  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?

No, not yet.

  Could you help me?

Of course.

No, sorry.

Conversational Practice

Try to guess your friends' favourite personalities by asking simple yes/no questions. [Make this more interesting, by keeping a score of how many questions you have to ask before you correctly guess the name. The lowest score wins.] Button


Establish Gender

Are they male /female. She is Female/He is Male

Establish nationality

Is he/she from Brazil/Britain/the United States?  Yes, he is/No, she isn't.

Establish Profession/Occupation

Is he/she a movie star/sports star/pop star? No, he isn't/Yes, she is.

Narrow Down the Choice

Does he play football?  Yes, he does.

Is she a singer? Yes, she is.


Is he Wayne Rooney? Yes, he is.

Is she Beyoncé? Yes, she is.


Using simple yes/no questions, try to guess what another person is looking at. [English school children play a game of "Eye-Spy", which goes as follows:

"I spy with my little eye, something beginning with ---- " saying the initial letter (or letters) of whatever they have seen that is in vision from where they are.

Again, keep score of how many attempts you each need to succeed.]  Button


"I spy [with my little eye] something beginning with 'S'."










Expressing Gratitude



Thank you.

Thanks for everything.

Thank you for helping.

I am very grateful for your assistance.

I am so grateful for your help.

I appreciate it. [American.]

I appreciate your kindness. [American.]

Thank you for your kind attention in this matter. [Formal letter.]

My sincere thanks. [Less formal letter or note.]


Conversational Practice

How would you express your gratitude in the following situations?    Button

a. Someone has just bought you a drink.

b. Someone has just bought you dinner.

c. Someone has just given you a birthday present.

d. Someone helped you carry your groceries from the check-out to your car.

e. A waiter gave you good service in a restaurant.

f. Someone helped you change your car tyre at the roadside.

g. A mechanic fixed your car.

h. Someone complimented you on the way you look/have dressed.

i. Your bank's call-centre sorted out a problem with your account.

j. You are writing to the supplier about a problem with your washing machine.


Example Answers: (Others might be suitable as well.)

a. Thanks. Cheers!

b. Thank you, that was nice.

c. Thank you. It's just what I wanted.

d. Thank you for helping. I'm very grateful.

e. Thanks for everything.

f. Thank you for the helping hand. I'm very grateful.

g. Thanks. You've been a big help.

h. Why, thank you!

i. Thanks for the assistance.

j. Thank you for your kind attention in this matter. I am, yours sincerely ...