Short Answers in English

Why do use short answers in English?

We do not use only Yes or No to answer a question as this is not polite. We use short answers. Here are some examples:

Yes/No question Short answer
Is she   English? Yes,
No,
she
she
is.
isn’t. *
Are the men   working? Yes,
No,
they
they
are.
aren’t. *
Can he play football? Yes,
No,
he
he
can.
can‘t. *
Have we got any oranges? Yes,
No,
we
we
have.
haven’t. *
Has she got a boyfriend? Yes,
No,
she
she
has.
hasn’t. *
Do you have a job? Yes,
No,
I
I
do.
don’t. *
Does she like reading? Yes,
No,
she
she
does.
doesn’t. *
Did they arrive yesterday? Yes,
No,
they
they
did.
didn’t. *
Are they watching at the moment? Yes,
No,
they
they
are.
aren’t. *
Have you ever been to Germany? Yes,
No,
we
we
have.
haven’t. *
Has he been working here for long? Yes,
No,
he
he
has.
hasn’t. *
Are they going to get married? Yes,
No,
they
they
are.
aren’t. *
Will we be late? Yes,
No,
we
we
will.
won’t. *

* Use long forms instead of contracted forms to emphasize your answer.

Are you French? – No, I am not.