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Don't you find it easy to answer questions like this? Yes? No? Don't know? Learn how to answer negative questions with Tim.

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Answering negative questions

When a yes/no question is asked with a negative, it can be difficult to know what the correct way to respond is.

Anita from Italy wants to know that if someone asks "Aren't you going out tonight?" what the right answer is. Does the speaker think you are or are not going out?

If you say yes, does this mean that you are not going out? If you say no, does it mean you are going out?

It seems very confusing! Thankfully Tim has the answer and it's very simple.

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Summary

So, isn't that simple? Yes, yes it is.

Think of a negative question as if it were a positive question and answer it like that!

Aren't you going out tonight? is the same as: Are you going out tonight? For both questions the answer will be the same.

Yes, I am = you are going out tonight.

No, I'm not = you are not going out.

To do

Try the quiz to check that you have understood Tim's advice. 

Yes or no?

5 Questions

For each situation choose the correct answer.

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x / y

End of Session 4

That's all from this session.

Thanks to the staff and students of Avalon School of English for their help with this programme.

Next

It's time to drop in on the White Elephant, BBC Learning English's comedy restaurant.

 

 

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  • Top tip

    The answer to a negative question is the same as an answer to a positive question.

    "Aren't you tired?"

    "Yes, I'm exhausted." / "No, I'm wide awake."