(a) No, not always. This is because, `K` is always positive, so when `V` is equally negative, `E = (K + V)` becomes zero.
(ii) All planet revolving around the sun have negative mechanical energy. It indicates that the planets are bound to revolve around the sun. They are not free to leave their orbit. In day to day life, we find that a person is not free to leave the country, if he owes some amount to income tax (sales tax, etc.) or he has some criminal court cases pending against him.