Conversational English

Conversation is important at BBE, thus, that’s why it’s one of or main principales in which we base our classes. Here’s a great lesson by Dennis Oliver from eslcafe.com:

The grammar used in written language and the grammar used in conversational language are often quite different. In fact, what’s normal, common, and acceptable in spoken language is often considered unacceptable in written language. For that reason, we’ll take a look, in the next several Hints, at what some of these differences are.

 

1. Yes / No Questions

Written English

In written language, Yes / No (“simple”) questions have
three forms:

BE + subject + other words?

Is anyone absent?
Are you hungry?
Are Joe and Bill brothers?
Was she at work today?
Were Jun’s parents born in Japan?

AUXILIARY + subject + verb + other words?

Is anyone listening?
Are you feeling hungry?
Are Susie and Jill coming to the party?
Can you understand this?
Will you help me?
Should we stay or leave?
Has Fred’s wife had her baby yet?
Have you seen that movie?
Have you had lunch yet?
Had they already left when you arrived? 

Do / Does / Did + subject + verb + other words?

Do you understand me?
Does your apartment have air conditioning?
Did Joe call you last night?
Do you do your laundry more than once a week?
Did your brother do well on his exam?

Conversational English

In everyday conversation, Yes / No questions are often “abbreviated” by omitting some of the words. The result is sentences that are common, normal, and acceptable for speaking, but not acceptable in writing. There are two main ways that these “abbreviated” questions are made.

Here’s one of them:

 

Omitting BE or the Auxiliary Verb

Examples:

Is anyone absent? ===> Anyone absent?

Are you hungry? ===> You hungry?

Was she at work today? ===> She at work today?

Is anyone listening? ===> Anyone listening?

Are you feeling hungry? ===> You feeling hungry?

Are Susie and Jill coming to the party? ===>
Susie and Jill coming to the party?

Has Fred’s wife had her baby yet? ===?
Fred’s wife had her baby yet?

Have you seen that movie? ===>
You seen that movie?

Have you had lunch yet? ===> You had lunch yet?

Had they already left when you arrived? ===>
They already left when you arrived?

Do you understand me? ===> You understand me?

Does your apartment have air conditioning? ===>
Your apartment have air conditioning?

Did Joe call you last night? ===> Joe call you
last night?

Do you do your laundry more than once a week? ===>
You do your laundry more than once a week?

Did your brother do well on his exam? ===>
Your brother do well on his exam?

 

Eslcafe.com is a great resource for information. They continually help BBE with the format of lessons, including this one!


 

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