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How are you supposed to answer a question like this (assuming you're from Minnesota)?

You are a Minnesotan, no?

Are you supposed to give the same answer as your answer to this question or give the opposite answer?

You are a Minnesotan, yes?

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I could swear that a similar question has been dealt with here, but I can't seem to find it. Anyone able to? – Kosmonaut Nov 16 '10 at 21:46
@Kosmonaut: do you mean any of the following? (Similar — yes, dupes — um, I dunno, not really.) ♦ “Response to 'Would you not do it?'”“Answering the question: Do you mind if…?”“About question tags”“Questions containing 'or'” – RegDwigнt Nov 17 '10 at 9:58
@RegDwight: I think I was thinking of your first link, but you're right, it's not an actual dupe. – Kosmonaut Nov 17 '10 at 14:28

Give the same answer as if it had a "yes" at the end. The "no" at the end means the person thinks the answer is probably "yes". (It's like saying "I'm pretty sure you are a Minnesotan, unless you take this opportunity to deny it.)

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Unlike French and German, English does not have a word meaning "Yes, in contrast to what you have just asked or suggested". This does sometimes lead to confusion, but generally the answer is to the positive question, even where the question was asked negatively.

"Don't you want to go?"

"Yes" (I do)


"No" (I don't).

This tendency is if anything stronger where the negative is in a tag question, as here.

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