What are “Negative Questions”?

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What are “Negative Questions”? Grammar Review

Sometimes, questions aren’t really questions at all. Speakers of English often want to confirm information we think we know. In other words, we might know something about a fact and we simply want to know if it is true or not. We also use negative questions to offer an opinion, polite requests and offers. When someone uses a negative question, be careful with your answer! See more information and examples below!

“Confirmation” Negative Questions

Don’t you like to read? (Yes, I do or No, I don’t)

Didn’t you visit the doctor yesterday? (Yes, I did or No, I didn’t)

Aren’t you going to work today? (Yes, I am or No, I am not)

Weren’t you at the party last night? (Yes, I was or No, I was not)

Hasn’t the postman arrived yet? (Yes, he has or No, he hasn’t)

Haven’t you eaten breakfast yet? (Yes, I have or No, I haven’t)

“Opinion” Negative Questions

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a new car? (Yes, it would be or No, it wouldn’t)

Wouldn’t it be great if you could drive a car? (Yes, it would / No, It wouldn’t)

“Polite Request” Negative Questions

Why don’t you have dinner with us tonight? (I would love that)

Why don’t you join us at the beach house? (I would love too)

“Offer” Negative Questions

Wouldn’t you like another cup of tea? (I would like that, thank you)

Wouldn’t you like another slice of pizza? (Yes, I’ll have another)

Remember, a negative question isn’t a question at all. When someone uses a negative question, simply answer with the truth. You might use a simple “yes or no” with a follow up statement. There is more to this subject. Ask your teacher to explain and help you practice this subject.

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