Learn to Speak English Easily: Questions using ‘is’ with ‘this’ and ‘that’

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 the ‘Use of ‘is’ with ‘this’ and ‘that’‘ to make statements. In this unit you will learn questions using ‘Is’ with ‘this‘ and ‘that‘ and how to answer such questions.

One can ask a question by using ‘Is‘ with ‘this’ and ‘that’. We use questions beginning with ‘Is this’ to ask about a person or a thing or an animal near us in the present. One can also ask an opinion about a place, a situation or an experience.

We use ‘Is that‘ to ask about a person or a thing or an animal away from us in the present. One can also ask an opinion about a place, a situation or an experience. For such questions, the answer can be in the positive or in the negative. It can be in any one of the ways depending on whether one wants to answer in one word or in a complete sentence.

Is this your friend?
Yes.
Yes, this is.
Yes, this is my friend.
No.
No, this isn’t.
No, this isn’t my friend.

Is this a printer? 
Yes.
Yes, this is.
Yes, this is a printer.
No.
No, this isn’t.
No, this isn’t a printer.

Is this a Penguin?
Yes.
Yes, this is.
Yes, this is a Penguin.
No.
No, this isn’t.
No, this isn’t a Penguin.

Is that his wife?
Yes.
Yes, that is.
Yes, that is his wife.
No.
No, that isn’t.
No, that isn’t his wife.

Is that an ocean liner?  
Yes.
Yes, that is.
Yes, that is an ocean liner.
No.
No, that isn’t.
No, that isn’t an ocean liner.

Is that an Ostrich?
Yes.
Yes, that is.
Yes, that is an Ostrich.
No.
No, that isn’t.
No, that isn’t an Ostrich.

Exercise

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

Exercise

Answer the following questions using the above example.

Is this Mohan? 
Is this your mother-in-law?
Is this John’s sister?
Is this a bus stop?
Is this a good hotel?
Is this your house?
Is this a peacock?
Is this perfect?
Is this suitable for the occassion?


Is that the director of the company? 
Is that Elizabeth over the phone?
Is that a mall? 
Is that your office?
Is that a squirrel
Is that a metro station?
Is that the right thing to do?
Is that her favourite dress?
Is that tasty? 

Exercise

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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You can check the meanings of the words in English Oxford Living Dictionaries