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Questions & Responses

Format:     

- This part has 30 items.

- You will hear a question followed by three possible responses (Answers).

- All questions and answers are on the audio program.

- You have to choose the best response – A, B, or C.

- About 50% of items are information questions (Wh – questions).

- About 25% of items are Yes/No questions.

- About 25% of items are other types of questions.

  

Different types of questions for Part Two

Information Questions

Nearly half of the questions in part two are information questions.  These questions ask for specific pieces of information.  Questions with what . . .? and  how . . .? are the most common.

1. What . . . ?                2. How . . . ?                      3. When . . . ?               4. Where . . . ?

5. Why  . . . ?                6. Who . . . ?                      7. Whose . . . ?              8. Which . . . ?

Responses to information may be either short answers (a word or phrase) or complete sentences.

 

Yes or No Questions

Nearly 25% of the questions fall under this category.  Questions start with auxiliary verbs (do, are, has, ……) or with a form of the main verb be (is, are, was, and were). 

Auxiliary verb examples                                    The main verb be

- Do you know where Bob is?                             - Is there any pasta left?

- Has the pizza been ordered?                            - Are you coming over tonight?      

- Should we stop and ask someone?                   - Was someone trying to call me?

- Can we stop at the next gas station?               - Were you going to tell someone about  him?

Responses may be short answers or full sentences.  They are often not simple “Yes, I do.” Or “No, I don’t”.  They can be affirmative, negative, or neutral with a large range between them.

 

Question: Has Riad finished the project?

Possible Affirmative  

Responses  

Possible Negative 

Responses  

Possible Neutral

Responses

I think so.

Of course he has. 

Yes, he finished this morning

I believe he has.

Sure, he works fast.

No, I don’t think he has.

Not yet, but he is working at it. 

No, but he’ll be finished soon.

No, he gave up on it.

 No, he’s doing something else

I have no idea.

Why don’t you ask him?

Maybe.

 Perhaps.

 I’m not sure.

                                    

Other types of Questions

These questions account for about 25%of the items.  They are varied but can be broken down into the following categories:

Embedded questions:  An embedded question is a part of a sentence that would be a question if it were on its own, but is not a question in the context of the sentence.

Do you know…?                    Do you think…?                     Did you decide…?                 

Did you hear…?                    Are you sure…?                     Did anyone tell you…?

Have you heard…?               Can you tell me…?                Will you let me know…?

Example

Q: Do you know if Mr. Patterson is gone home?                  A: I believe he has.

 

Negative Questions:

Negative questions begin with negative contractions: Doesn’t….., Hasn’t……, Aren’t……

The expected answer is affirmative, but the actual answer may be affirmative or negative.

 

Examples:

Q1: Isn’t this a great painting?                           A1:  It certainly is.

Q2: Won’t you come over for dinner?                  A2: Sure, I’d love to.

 

Tag Questions:

Tag questions consist of an affirmative statement with a negative tag.

Examples:

Q1: This is a beautiful car, isn’t it?                     A1: It really is.

Q2: You enjoyed lunch, didn’t you?                    A2: Not really, it was too salty.

 

Or a negative statement with an affirmative tag.

Examples:

Q3: This won’t take long, will it?                         A3: Just a few minutes.

Q4: He didn’t sleep in, did he?                           A4: No, he’ll be here on time.

 

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