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Yes/No Questions - Is This Question Grammatically Correct?


Yes/No Questions - Is This Question Grammatically Correct?
The task is that my students need to form ┤Yes/No ┤ questions from the statements given. One of the statements given was this:

┤No, it is not a fancy-dress party ┤.

Most of my pupils wrote the question as:

┤Is it a fancy-dress party? ┤

Is this sentence grammatically correct, particularly the ┤is it ┤ part? My gut feeling somehow tells me that there is something wrong there, but I can ┤t really pinpoint the mistake...

Thanks in advance!

4 Apr 2009      

United States

Grammatically - the answer is correct.
A correct answer is almost always a part of the question.

Is this girl 12 years old.
Yes, this girl is 12 years old.

Are the boys tired?
yes, the boys are tired.

Hope this helps

4 Apr 2009     


As your question must follow from the answer the students were given then I absolutely agree with the lovely and talented Libertybelle. Smile
But you may be questioning the use of ┬┤it┬┤ vs ┬┤this┬┤ As always then answer depends on the context.
If you arrive at the party and you did not wear appropriate clothes and you notice everyone in costumes you would ask someone " Is this (as in this party that we are at, more immediate) a fancy dress party?"
But if someone is inviting you to a party and you ask them /What kind of party is it? Is it a fancy dress party? The  ┤it` here refers to the party that you are talking about. It is more removed.
Hope that was useful?

4 Apr 2009     


Yup, both of the replies here have been extremely helpful! Thanks :)

5 Apr 2009