Yes/No questions and short answers with the verb be

Yes/No questions – be (am, are, is)

Subject and verb change their position in statement and question.

  • Sentence: You are from Germany.
  • Question: Are you from Germany?

We always use the short answer, not only Yes or No.


If the answer is Yes, we always use the long form. → Example: Yes, I am.

If the answer is No, we either use the long or the contracted form (short form). → Example: No, I am not → No, I'm not.

Verb Subject Rest Yes/No Subject Verb
Are you from Germany? Yes, I am.
Are you from Germany? No, I am not
'm not.
Is he your friend? Yes, he is.
Are Peter and John from England? Yes, they are.