Short answers in English

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Why do use short answers?

We do not use only Yes or No to answer a question. This is not polite. We use short answers. Here are some examples:

Yes/No question Short answer
Is he   from London? Yes,
No,
he
he
is.
isn't. *
Are the boys   at your school? Yes,
No,
they
they
are.
aren't. *
Can you play ice-hockey? Yes,
No,
I
I
can.
can't. *
Have we got ketchup? Yes,
No,
we
we
have.
haven't. *
Has she got a mobile phone? Yes,
No,
she
she
has.
hasn't. *
Do they live in a flat? Yes,
No,
they
they
do.
don't. *
Does he work in an office? Yes,
No,
he
he
does.
doesn't. *
Did it rain yesterday? Yes,
No,
it
it
did.
didn't. *
Are they writing a test now? Yes,
No,
they
they
are.
aren't. *
Have you been to Scotland? Yes,
No,
I
I
have.
haven't. *
Has she been waiting for long? Yes,
No,,
she
she
has.
hasn't. *
Is he going to see his sister? Yes,
No,
he
he
is.
isn't. *
Will we arrive on time? Yes,
No,
we
we
will.
won't. *

* Use long forms instead of contracted forms to emphasize your answer.

Do you like fish? – No, I do not.


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