Practice Negative English Questions

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Practice Negative English Questions - Quiz

A negative question is one that calls the respondent to answer no to an affirmative answer and a yes for a negative answer. These questions can be confusing if one does not know the difference. If you are an ESL student this quiz will help you to revise what you covered in class on these types of questions.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following sentences is a negative English question?

    • A.

      Is she coming to the party?

    • B.

      Do you not like ice cream?

    • C.

      Have they finished their homework?

    • D.

      Will he go to the beach tomorrow?

    Correct Answer
    B. Do you not like ice cream?
    Explanation
    Option B is a negative English question because it includes the negative word "not" within the question structure, indicating the opposite of a positive statement. In this case, it asks if the person does not like ice cream, creating a negative polarity question.

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  • 2. 

    Which negative question is correctly formed?

    • A.

      Why didn't you finish your homework?

    • B.

      You didn't finish your homework?

    • C.

      Your homework why you didn't finish it?

    • D.

      Why you did finish not your homework?

    • E.

      Why you didn't finish your homework?

    Correct Answer
    A. Why didn't you finish your homework?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Why didn't you finish your homework?" This is the correct form of a negative question because it uses the auxiliary verb "didn't" before the subject "you" and the main verb "finish." The other options either have incorrect word order or do not use the auxiliary verb correctly.

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  • 3. 

    Which negative question is formed correctly?

    • A.

      Don't like you donuts?

    • B.

      Donuts don't you like?

    • C.

      Why you don't like donuts?

    • D.

      Don't you like donuts?

    • E.

      Why donuts don't like you?

    Correct Answer
    D. Don't you like donuts?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Don't you like donuts?" This is the correct negative question formation because it follows the standard structure of "don't" + subject + verb. The other options either have incorrect word order or do not use the correct auxiliary verb "don't" to form a negative question.

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  • 4. 

    Which negative question form is correct?

    • A.

      Isn't computers amazing!

    • B.

      Computers aren't amazing!

    • C.

      Aren't computers amazing!

    • D.

      Why are computers amazing?

    • E.

      Why computers aren't amazing?

    Correct Answer
    C. Aren't computers amazing!
    Explanation
    The correct negative question form in this case is "Aren't computers amazing!" This form is correct because it follows the standard structure of a negative question, where the auxiliary verb "are" is used before the subject "computers" and the negative particle "n't" is added after the auxiliary verb. This form is used to express surprise or disbelief about the amazingness of computers.

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  • 5. 

    Choose the correctly-formed negative question.

    • A.

      Why you no finish the project?

    • B.

      Why you didn't finish the project?

    • C.

      You didn't finish the project?

    • D.

      Didn't finish you the project?

    • E.

      Why didn't you finish the project?

    Correct Answer
    E. Why didn't you finish the project?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Why didn't you finish the project?" This is the correctly-formed negative question because it follows the standard structure of a negative question in English, which is formed by using the auxiliary verb "did" followed by the subject "you" and the main verb "finish" in its base form. The word "why" is used to inquire about the reason or cause for not finishing the project.

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  • 6. 

    Finish this converation: A: I can't believe how well you speak English! B: Thank you. English is my second language. A: _________________________________________? B: No, I started taking classes only last year.

    • A.

      Haven't studied it for a long time?

    • B.

      Why haven't studied it for a long time?

    • C.

      Haven't you studied it for a long time?

    • D.

      You haven't studied it for a long time.

    • E.

      You no study long time?

    Correct Answer
    C. Haven't you studied it for a long time?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Haven't you studied it for a long time?" This question is a natural continuation of the conversation, expressing surprise and seeking confirmation about the length of time B has been studying English. It is asking if B has been studying English for a long time.

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  • 7. 

    Which negative question is formed correctly?

    • A.

      Why the supervisor wasn't at work today?

    • B.

      Wasn't at work today?

    • C.

      Why he no was at work today?

    • D.

      What wasn't the supervisor at work today?

    • E.

      Why wasn't the supervisor at work today?

    Correct Answer
    E. Why wasn't the supervisor at work today?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Why wasn't the supervisor at work today?" because it follows the correct structure for a negative question in English. The auxiliary verb "wasn't" is used to form the negative, and the question word "why" is placed at the beginning of the sentence to inquire about the reason for the supervisor's absence.

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  • 8. 

    Choose the correct negative question.

    • A.

      Didn't hear you the phone ringing?

    • B.

      Didn't you hear the phone ringing?

    • C.

      Why you no heard the phone ringing?

    • D.

      Why didn't you the phone hear ringing?

    • E.

      Doesn't you hear the phone ringing?

    Correct Answer
    B. Didn't you hear the phone ringing?
    Explanation
    The correct negative question is "Didn't you hear the phone ringing?" This question follows the standard structure of a negative question in English, where the auxiliary verb "didn't" is used before the subject "you" and the main verb "hear." The other options either have incorrect word order or use the wrong auxiliary verb, making them grammatically incorrect.

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  • 9. 

    Which sentence is correct?

    • A.

      Wasn't you late yesterday?

    • B.

      Why you weren't late yesterday?

    • C.

      Why you was late yesterday?

    • D.

      Weren't you late yesterday?

    • E.

      Didn't you late yesterday?

    Correct Answer
    D. Weren't you late yesterday?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Weren't you late yesterday?" This sentence is correct because it uses the correct subject-verb agreement in the past tense. "Weren't" is the contraction of "were not," which is the correct form to use with the subject "you" in the past tense. The question is asking about someone's lateness yesterday, so using the past tense "were" is appropriate.

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  • 10. 

    Which sentence is incorrect? (all are correct except one)

    • A.

      Isn't this class intelligent!

    • B.

      Wasn't the test easy?

    • C.

      Aren't you going to take a vacation?

    • D.

      Why aren't you happy?

    • E.

      Why doesn't they love to study English?

    Correct Answer
    E. Why doesn't they love to study English?
    Explanation
    The sentence "Why doesn't they love to study English?" is incorrect because the subject "they" should be replaced with "he" or "she" in order to match the singular form of the verb "does".

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