Unit 23: Questions and responses I | Grammar | B1
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Unit 23: Questions and responses I | Grammar | B1

When answering with Yes or No, we usually repeat the special or helping verb of the question with the subject in its pronoun form.
E.G. Was he late? Yes, he was./No, he wasn’t.
Can you drive a car? Yes, I can ./No, I can’t.


Give short answers to the following questions:

1. Is this the way to Patras? Yes, it is.

2. Are the children playing in the garden? ______________ ✔

3. Have you ever been abroad? ______________ ✔

4. Can penguins fly? ______________X

5. Shouldn't these boys be In school? ______________ ✔

6. Do your parents like gardening? ______________X

7. Was Andy at the party? ______________X

8. Will you be staying here tonight? ______________ ✔

9. Would you go by plane if you could afford it? ______________ ✔

10. Didn't you know the shops were closed today? ______________X

When we think the answer is yes, we use so after verbs like think, hope, expect, imagine and suppose.
E.G. “Will you arrive in time for lunch?” “I hope so.”

The negative is also formed with so: “Are you working late tonight?"
I don’t think so.” However, we say “I hope not."
E.G. “Did you leave your purse on the bus?" “I hope not.”


Answer these questions in the affirmative, using the verbs in parentheses:

1. Is your brother here? (think) I think so.

2. Has Henry booked our theatre tickets? (imagine)______________.

3. Do you think the restaurant will be open? (hope)______________.

4. Will Brad and Mike be coming to the party? (expect)______________.

5. Are they going to make a record? (suppose)______________.

Answer these questions in the negative, using the verbs in parentheses:

6. Is it going to rain? (think) I don't think so.

7. Do you think we're going to be late? (hope)______________.

8. Will she be coming home for Christmas? (suppose)______________.

9. Did the plane take off on time? (expect)______________.

10. Have the concert tickets been sold out? (imagine)______________.

Sometimes a statement about one person also applies to another person. When this is the case, we can use a short answer with so for positive statements and with neither or nor for negative statements.We use so, neither or nor with an auxiliary, modal or the appropriate form of do:
E.G. I was on holiday then. So was I.
We don’t usually travel by train. Neither do we.
I can’t do these equations. Nor can I.


Use so / neither / nor to form appropriate responses to the statements below:

1. I've never been to America.

2. My brother is leaving for Spain at the end of the month.

3. He's not a selfish person.

4. She's got a pet cat.

5. I'd like to work abroad.

6. My grandparents don't like travelling.

7. He can't stand people smoking in the same room as him.

8. My aunt has always wanted to go to Rome.

9. We don't have time to go shopping.