What are ‘be’ questions?
‘Be’ questions are questions that use the verb ‘be’.
They come in two forms:
– yes/no questions (without a question word)
– requests for details (with a question word)
Yes/no questions can be made by ‘inverting’ the subject and ‘be’ part of sentences.
|I am…||Am I…?||Yes, I am.|
No, I am not.
|You are…||Are you…?||Yes, you are.|
No, you are not.
|He is…||Is he…?||Yes, he is.|
No, he is not.
|She is…||Is she…?||Yes, she is.|
No, she is not.
|It is…||Is it…?||Yes, it is.|
No, it is not.
|We are…||Are we…?||Yes, we are.|
No, we are not.
|They are…||Are they…?||Yes, they are.|
No, they are not.
Examples of yes/no questions.
|Are you OK?||Yes, I am.|
|Is Belinda here? (Belinda = she)||No, she is not.|
|Is it cold in Moscow?||Yes, it is.|
|Are we going to Burger King?||No, we are not.|
|Are Malik and Christine rich? (Malik and Christine = they)||Yes, they are.|
Requests for details
By adding question words, yes/no questions change into requests for details.
Question words include: what, when, why, where, who, how
+ variants of what (what time, what size, what day)
+ variants of how (how much, how many, how long)
|yes/no question||+ question word 1||+ question word 2|
|is this…?||What is this?||Who is this?|
|are you…?||Where are you?||How are you?|
|am I…?||What am I doing?||Why am I here?|
|are they…?||When are they going?||How long are they staying?|
Examples of request for details
|How are you?||I am fine.|
|Where is your sister? (your sister = she)||She is in Kenya.|
|Why are we going there?||Because it is our job.|
|Who is the boss? (the boss = he/she)||He is.|
|How much are the oranges? (the oranges = they)||They are $2.|