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Practice Asking and Answering Questions Using “Be” | Basic Level

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  • Instructions
  • Based on the unit about asking questions, complete each blank with questions and answers. Use the words in parentheses and the answers as clues.

    When you finish each item, click “Answer.”

    Note. Your answers will not be submitted. When you leave this page, they will be deleted.

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1. (be / your books?)

on my desk.

Where are your books?

They’re on my desk.

2. (be / Mr. Smith?)

my teacher.

Who is Mr. Smith?

He’s my teacher.

3. (Ann / French?)

— Yes, . She speaks it very well.

Does Ann speak French?

Yes, she does. She speaks it very well.

4. (cost / that book?)

— It costs $75.

How much does that book cost?

5. (be / movie?)

at 7:30.

What time is the movie? (Also: When is the movie?)

It’s at 7:30.

6. (your English classes?)

— They’re two hours long.

How long are your classes?

7. (your brother’s name?)

is Jack.

What is your brother’s name?

His name is Jack. (Also: It’s Jack.)

8. (your father / today?)

at work.

Where is your father today?

He’s at work.

9. (dogs / you / have?)

— I have only one dog.

How many dogs do you have?

10. (you / any cats?)

— No, I don’t have any cats.

Do you have any cats?

 If you are having problems, study the lesson again. Then come back to this practice.

11. (Susan / Italian?)

— No, . She only speaks French.

Does Susan speak Italian?

No, she doesn’t. She only speaks French.

12. (the supermarket?)

on Ferguson Street.

Where is the supermarket?

It’s on Ferguson Street.

13. (Fatima / Syria?)

— No, she doesn’t. She comes from Iraq.

Does Fatima come from Syria?

14. (you / brothers and sisters / have?)

— I have one brother and two sisters.

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

15. (this / good movie?)

— Yes, a very good movie.

Is this a good movie?

Yes, it’s a very good movie.

16. (that woman?)

She’s my grandmother.

Who is that woman?

17. (the apples?)

in the refrigerator.

Where are the apples?

They’re in the refrigerator.

18. (where / your mother?)

— She’s from California.

Where is your mother from?

19. (both your parents / California?)

— Yes, they’re both from California.

Are both your parents from California?

20. (you / languages / speak?)

— I speak three languages.

How many languages do you speak?

More Practice

Practice 1. Asking yes-no questions with “be.”

Practice 2. Asking and answering wh-questions using “be.”

Practice 3. Asking and answering questions using all verbs.

Video Practice. Practice embedded questions (new tab on YouTube).

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