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In linguistics, a yes–no question, formally known as a polar question or a general question, is a question whose expected answer is either "yes" or "no".
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Yes and no

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In linguistics, a yes–no question, formally known as a polar question or a general question, is a question whose expected answer is either "yes" or "no".
Some languages do not answer yes–no questions with single words meaning 'yes' or 'no'.


In linguistics, a yes–no question, formally known as a polar question or a general question, is a question whose expected answer is either "yes" or "no".
Questions that ask whether or not some statement is true are called yes–no questions (or polar questions, or general questions ), since they can in principle be answered by a "yes" or "no" (or similar words or expressions in other languages).

Intonation (linguistics)

In some languages, such as in Modern Greek, Portuguese, and the Jakaltek language, the only way to distinguish a yes–no question from a simple declarative statement is the rising question intonation used when saying the question.
example: it is claimed that in English a falling pitch movement is associated with statements, but a rising pitch turns a statement into a yes–no question, as in He's going ↗home?. This use of intonation is more typical of American English than of British.

Echo answer

echo responserepeats the verb used in the question
The resulting response is usually an echo response.
In linguistics, an echo answer or echo response is a way of answering a polar question without using words for yes and no.


In Latin, yes–no questions are indicated by the addition of a special grammatical particle or an enclitic.
Gothic: Sentence clitics appear in second position in accordance with Wackernagel's Law, including -u (yes-no question), -uh "and", þan "then", ƕa "anything", for example ab-u þus silbin "of thyself?". Multiple clitics can be stacked up, and split a preverb from the rest of the verb if the preverb comes at the beginning of the clause, e.g. diz-uh-þan-sat ijōs "and then he seized them (fem.)", ga-u-ƕa-sēƕi "whether he saw anything".

Decision problem

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Decision problem
In computability theory and computational complexity theory, a decision problem is a problem that can be posed as a yes-no question of the input values.

A-not-A question

In Chinese, yes–no questions typically take an A-not-A form.
In linguistics, an A-not-A question is a polar question that offers two opposite possibilities for the answer.

English language

In English, a special word order (verb–subject–object) is used to form yes–no questions.
Both yes–no questions and wh-questions in English are mostly formed using subject–auxiliary inversion (Am I going tomorrow?, Where can we eat?), which may require do-support (Do you like her?, Where did he go?). In most cases, interrogative words (wh-words; e.g. what, who, where, when, why, how) appear in a fronted position.

Polish language

In New Guinea Pidgin, Polish and Huichol, the answer given has the logical polarity implied by the form of the question.
Yes-no questions (both direct and indirect) are formed by placing the word czy at the start.


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Interrogative sentences can serve as yes–no questions or as wh-questions, the latter being formed using an interrogative word such as who, which, where or how to specify the information required.

Botticelli (game)

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The game has several variants, but the common theme is that one person or team thinks of a famous person, reveals their initial letter, and then answers yes/no questions to allow other players to guess the identity.

Yes or No

Yes–no question, a form of question which can normally be answered using a simple "yes" or "no"

Binomial distribution

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In probability theory and statistics, the binomial distribution with parameters n and p is the discrete probability distribution of the number of successes in a sequence of n independent experiments, each asking a yes–no question, and each with its own boolean-valued outcome: a random variable containing a single bit of information: success/yes/true/one (with probability p) or failure/no/false/zero (with probability q = 1 − p). A single success/failure experiment is also called a Bernoulli trial or Bernoulli experiment and a sequence of outcomes is called a Bernoulli process; for a single trial, i.e., n = 1, the binomial distribution is a Bernoulli distribution.

Ontario prohibition referendum, 1924

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Unlike past referendums, the 1924 referendum was not a yes/no question — instead, voters indicated their support for either the first statement or the second.

Alberta general election, 1948

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The ballot was not a traditional yes/no question, but presented two options on electricity regulation, asking if the province should create a Crown corporation to manage electricity, or leave the electricity industry in the hands of the companies currently in the business (a mixture of municipal operations and private companies).

Questionnaire construction

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Yes/no questions – The respondent answers with a "yes" or a "no".

Occitan language

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In Modern Catalan, as in modern Spanish, sí is usually used as a response, although the language retains the word oi, akin to òc, which is sometimes used at the end of yes–no questions, and also in higher register as a positive response.

Linguistic development of Genie

There was speculation, though no conclusive evidence, that she understood the intonation to indicate a yes or no question and that she understood imperative mood sentences based on tone of voice, but she otherwise lacked any grammar.

Leading question

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Leading questions may often be answerable with a yes or no (though not all yes-no questions are leading).

Brazen head

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It would not speak until spoken to, but then answered any yes/no question put to it.

Interrogative word

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A particular type of interrogative word is the interrogative particle, which serves to convert a statement into a yes–no question, without having any other meaning.

Hawaiian grammar

Yes-no questions can be unmarked and expressed by intonation, or they can be marked by placing anei after the leading word of the sentence.

Bernoulli distribution

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In probability theory and statistics, the Bernoulli distribution, named after Swiss mathematician Jacob Bernoulli, is the discrete probability distribution of a random variable which takes the value 1 with probability p and the value 0 with probability q = 1-p, that is, the probability distribution of any single experiment that asks a yes–no question; the question results in a boolean-valued outcome, a single bit of information whose value is success/yes/true/one with probability p and failure/no/false/zero with probability q.

If Her Flag Breaks

Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara
She frequently asks yes–no questions regarding actions she is about to perform, and is programmed to act like a little sister to Souta.

Verbal Behavior

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Emission is a yes/no measure, however the other three—energy-level, speed, repetition—comprise possible indications of relative strength.