Tham khảo tài liệu 'oxford learner's grammar 2', ngoại ngữ, ngữ pháp tiếng anh phục vụ nhu cầu học tập, nghiên cứu và làm việc hiệu quả | Questions and answers 19 Answering questions A How long should an answer be Some questions can be answered hl a word or phrase but for others you need one or more complete sentences. Here are some examples from real conversations. Didn t you hear about the bank robbery - No. I ve got a hat. What colour brown. Do you like school Yes. I do. It s OK. How iong do you practise -About half an hour. How is Lucy -She s a lot better now. In fact I think she ll be back at. school next week. Why did you sell the car It was gluing me too much trouble. I was spending more money on it than it was worth spending money on. It is usually enough to give the relevant piece of information without repeating all the words of the question. There is no need to say No I didn t hear about the bank robbery or The hat is brown in answer to these questions. NOTE People sometimes give an indirect answer or avoid answering the question. IViluf time unit you he back Well. these meetings sometimes gn on for hours. Are you a member of this club Why do you ask B Yes no short answers We can sometimes answer with a simple yes or no but English speakers often use a short answer like Fes do or No we haven t. A short answer relates to the subject and auxiliary verb of the question. A positive answer is yes pronoun auxiliary. A negative answer is no pronoun auxiliary n t. Positive Negative Is it raining Have you finished Can your sister swim Fes it is. Yes I have. Yes she can. No. it isn t. No I haven t. No she can t. In simple tenses we use the auxiliary verb do. Positive Negative Do you play the piano Fes I do. Did we do the right thing Fes. we did. No I don t. No we didn t. hl this example the question has be as an ordinary verb. Positive Negative Are you in a hurry Yes am. No. I m not. 19 Answering questions We can sometimes use another phrase or clause instead of yes or no. Ain I in the team - Of course you are . Were you late --I m afraid I was. Does the jacket go with the shirt - think it does. We

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