Learn to Speak English Easily: How to use ‘Am’ with ‘I’ in Questions?

Learn to speak English easily through the TLP Spoken English Course. The course is designed specially to facilitate self-learning. It is organised into units to help you learn step by step in a simple, systematic and in an easy way. To be able to speak fluently you should go through all the units and do the exercises. To know more you can read: How to Use the Course Content?

In the previous unit you have learnt  How to Use ‘am’. In this unit you will learn to make questions using ‘Am‘ with ‘I‘ and how to answer such questions.

One can ask oneself by using ‘Am‘ followed by ‘I‘. We use questions beginning with ‘Am I’ to ask about one’s identification, physical state, mental state or situation in the present. One can also question oneself about an action which is continuous in the present. If one is answering the question himself or herself, then we use ‘I‘ with ‘am‘. Generally one does not question about oneself. In most of the situations the question is directed to the other person. Then in the answer the other person uses ‘You‘ with ‘are‘. For such questions, the answer can be in the positive or in the negative. The answer can be in any one of the ways depending on whether one wants to answer in one word or in a complete sentence.

Questioning about oneself

Am I happy?
Yes, I am.
Yes, I am happy.
No, I am not.
No, I am not happy.

Questioning the other person about oneself

Am I a saint?
Yes, you are.
Yes, you are a saint.
No, you aren’t.
No, you aren’t a saint.

Am I eligible to apply for the job?
Yes, you are.
Yes, you are eligible to apply.
No, you aren’t.
No, you aren’t eligible to apply.

Am I looking good? (To ask if one is looking good)
Yes. (When one wants to answer in one word)
Yes, you are. (We use ‘are’ with ‘you’)
Yes, you are looking good. (When one wants to answer in a complete sentence)
No, you aren’t. (‘aren’t is the contracted form of ‘are not’)
No, you aren’t looking good.


Answer the following questions in any one of the ways using the above examples.

Am I a good singer?
Am I a doctor?
Am I a teacher?
Am I late?
Am I right?
Am I presentable?
Am I speaking well?
Am I disturbing you?
Am I driving well?


Write more questions and answers using the example, which you can use in your day-to-day conversation and practice orally.

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