I'm trying to stop myself using the word "yeah" in certain contexts where it seems too informal. But I'm not sure how to replace it. Consider this example:
> "I need to cancel our meeting on Monday" > "Yeah, it gets busy this time of year"
"Yeah" is generally considered a more casual "yes", but here it serves as an acknowledgment. "Yes, it gets busy..." would sound weird because there was no question that was asked to say yes to. Is there an alternative word that can replace "yeah"?
I suppose I could rewrite the sentence to: "It really gets busy this time of year", but the difficulty with this is that you need to think of a way to rephrase each sentence that uses "yeah" rather than there being a general rule.