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Short Answers

Use of the short answers

Short answers are special forms to answer a question. They are usually used because they are more polite. If you answer with yes or no only, it sounds unpolite.

They are easy to form. After the word "yes" or "no" you have to take the person and the first word of the question. In negative answers you have to use the short form.

Forms of the short answers

FORMS OF TO BE

 
Present tense
  Positive answers Negative answers
Am I? Yes, I am.
No, I 'm not.
Are you? Yes, you are. No, you aren't.
Is he? Yes, he is. No, he isn't.
Is she? Yes, she is. No, she isn't.
Is it? Yes, it is. No, it isn't.
Are we? Yes, we are. No, we aren't
Are you? Yes, you are. No, you aren't.
Are they? Yes, they are. No, they aren't.
     
Past tense
  Positive answers Negative answers
Was I? Yes, I was.
No, I wasn't.
Were you? Yes, you were. No, you weren't.
Was he? Yes, he was. No, he wasn't.
Was she? Yes, she was. No, she wasn't.
Was it? Yes, it was. No, it wasn't.
Were we? Yes, we were. No, we weren't
Were you? Yes, you were. No, you weren't.
Were they? Yes, they were. No, they weren't.
     

DO

 
Present tense
  Positive answers Negative answers
Do I? Yes, I do. No, I don't.
Do you? Yes, you do. No, you don't.
Does he? Yes, he does. No, he doesn't.
Does she? Yes, she does. No, she doesn't.
Does it? Yes, it does. No, it doesn't.
Do we? Yes, we do. No, we don't.
Do you? Yes, you do. No, you don't.
Do they? Yes, they do. No, they don't.
     
Past tense
  Positive answers Negative answers
Did I? Yes, I did. No, I didn't.
Did you? Yes, you did. No, you didn't.
Did he? Yes, he did. No, he didn't.
Did she? Yes, she did. No, she didn't.
Did it? Yes, it did. No, it didn't.
Did we? Yes, we did. No, we didn't.
Did you? Yes, you did. No, you didn't.
Did they? Yes, they did. No, they didn't.
     

HAVE

 
  Positive answers Negative answers
Have I got?
Yes, I have. No, I haven't.
Have you got? Yes, you have. No, you haven't.
Has he got? Yes, he has. No, he hasn't.
Has she got? Yes, she has. No, she hasn't.
Has it got? Yes, it has. No, it hasn't.
Have we got? Yes, we have. No, we haven't.
Have you got? Yes, you have. No, you haven't.
Have they got? Yes, they have. No, they haven't.
     

CAN

 
  Positive answers Negative answers
Can I?
Yes, I can. No, I can't.
Can you? Yes, you can. No, you can't.
Can he? Yes, he can. No, he can't.
Can she? Yes, she can. No, she can't.
Can it? Yes, it can. No, it can't.
Can we? Yes, we can. No, we can't.
Can you? Yes, you can. No, you can't.
Can they? Yes, they can. No, they can't.

 


EXERCISES

Short answers in the present simple - Exercise 1
Short answers in the present simple - Exercise 2
Short answers in the present simple and past simple - Exercise 1
Short answers in the present simple and past simple - Exercise 2