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🇬🇧 Questions and answers

There are several options to ask yes/no questions in the past. The full form of questions is to use the question words „da li“ and the inversed past tense afterwards, like in this table:

 

Da li sam ja bio? / bila?   Da li smo mi bili? / bile?
Da li si ti bio? / bila?   Da li ste vi bili? / bile?
                 
Da li je on bio?   Da li su oni bili?
Da li je ona bila?   Da li su one bile?
Da li je ono bilo?   Da li su ona bila?

 

Questions can be formed by following this pattern:

Question words helping verb subject time participle location  
Da li su Ana i Petar juče bili na fakultetu?  

 

When answering yes or no questions like this, we use the long forms of the verb to be instead of saying yes (Review here), and we use the negative forms of the verb to be instead of saying no.

  • Da li su Ana i Petar juče bili na fakultetu? – Jesu. / Nisu.

 

Questions can also be formed by using the long forms of the past tense first, and then the rest of the words. Subject can be expressed or implied:

 

Jesi ti bila na poslu?

Jesi bila na poslu? – Jesam.

 

Jeste vi bili u školi?

Jeste bili u školi? – Jesmo.

 

Jesi bila u prodavnici? – Nisam još.

 

Jesu deca bila na igralištu? – Nisu.

 

Were you at work? – Yes I was.

 

 

Were you at school? – Yes we were.

 

Were you at a store? – Not yet.

 

Were the kids at the playground? – No they weren’t

 

In the third person singular we must use da li or je l’ in the beginning:

  • Da li je dete bilo u školi?
  • Je l’ dete bilo u školi?

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