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.

  • I would say yeah is not an acknowledgement, but an affirmation in the above, agreeing that the meeting needs to be canceled. Yes, it gets busy this time of year as would be right …, true …, or flat-out I agree ….
    – choster
    May 3, 2014 at 14:54

4 Answers 4


"I understand. It gets busy this time of year."


Consider the expression "you bet."

You bet, it gets hot here in the summer.

  • Sure, it gets busy this time of year; may be an informal alternative, or

  • I see, it gets busy this time of year; less informal.

  • "Sure" works really well
    – Casebash
    May 8, 2014 at 5:18

Affirmative Yup Yes Most definitely Absolutely

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    pick a word, cite its definition and support it in her sentence or your own. sentence
    – lbf
    Mar 8, 2018 at 15:11

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