Close-ended questions and negation

Close-ended questions and negation

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the different types of questions
  • Be able to ask basic closed (or “yes/no”) questions
  • Answer basic closed questions: simple negations
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Key Words & Phrases

Est-ce que… ?

Ne… pas
Ne… plus
Ne… aucun
Ne… jamais


How to ask questions in French

Ask questions in French

Simple negations

BBC Bitesize: How to ask questions

French Together: Asking questions in French

Kwiziq: Simple negations

French Together: negative sentences


EasyFrench: how to easily ask questions in French

Learn French with Alexa: “est-ce que” questions

Learn French with Alexa: Inversion questions

Learn French with Alexa: Question tags

Celine’s Easy French: Questions (up to 03.43)

French lessons: Learn French negations


Talk in French: How to ask questions in French

Italki: 3 structures for yes-no questions in French

BBC Bitesize: negative structures

FrenchToday: 12 points to master French negative


Learn French with Alexa: Practice French negation

BBC Bitesize: Negative forms quiz

Lingolia: Practice negation

Quizizz: Practice yes/no questions

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

  • Antoine sent you a message on your language app. He’s asked you lots of questions! Try to answer them as best as you can… and make sure you ask him a few questions, too!

Salut ! Comment ça va ?

Mon grand-frère, Léo, a un bébé. Léo et sa femme sont très heureux. Leur fille s’appelle Jeanne. Moi, je suis Oncle Antoine ! 

J’adore bébé Jeanne. Elle est toute petite. Elle a des petits pieds, et des petites mains ! Et toi, est-ce que tu as des frères et sœurs ? Ou des enfants ? 

Je n’ai pas d’enfants. Je ne suis pas marié, et je n’ai pas de petit ami, ni de petite amie. Et toi, es-tu marié/e ? Je ne flirte pas, je pose une question 🙂

A bientôt !

(Oncle!!!) Antoine 

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Practice asking and answering questions with a partner. You can talk about activities, hobbies, family, and friends or even food. You can use an online dictionary for easy, useful words.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

  • Practice asking questions by translating the following sentences out loud (try to use the three different ways of asking questions). Then, answer the questions with an affirmative or negative sentence.
    • Are you French?
    • Do you have children?
    • Do you like chocolate?
    • Do you study French?
    • Do you speak Japanese?

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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