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Fore example:

Person 1: I can't believe its almost Christmas!

Person 2: No?

Does that response mean approximately the same thing as if you used "Really?" in the same place?

Person 1: I can't believe its almost Christmas!

Person 2: Really?

Or "Why?"

Person 1: I can't believe its almost Christmas!

Person 2: Why?

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  • I would elaborate that as, “No? You can’t believe it?” and would roughly equate that with “Really?” as you suggest.
    – Jim
    Nov 19, 2016 at 0:25

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The answer to your question is it all depends.

Is Person 2 agreeing, disagreeing, surprised, puzzled, alarmed or reacting in some other way to what Person 1 is saying?

Person 2's responses might be any of the following:

No, you're right. (Meaning "yes you're right")

No? Why do you say that?

Yes, it does seem to have arrived suddenly.

Why has it taken you by surprise?

Really, you surprise me! We've been making preparations for ages.

There is no correct or best answer to your question. It all depends on the context.

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  • The context and more importantly the tone of the response.
    – WS2
    Nov 19, 2016 at 0:01
  • The question mark OP gives rules out most of these. Nov 19, 2016 at 1:58

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