If one is agreeing to the negative statement "The weather isn’t nice today," are “No, it’s not” and “Yes, it’s not” the same? If one is to be preferred, why is that?

There's a related question How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? but I'm asking about agreeing with a statement. That may be different — or it may not be.


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The comma is the key here. The “Yes,-” or “No,-“ is addressing the weather’s condition being nice or not. Saying “Yes,-“ would insinuate that you think the weather is nice, therefor disagreeing with Person A stating that it is not nice. Adding the “-it’s not.” would then make the sentence an oxymoron. Responding “No,-“ is agreeing that the weather is in fact not nice. How I think about it is like this- remove the “it’s not” and replace it with the weather’s condition. You would say “No, the weather is not nice” to continue the negative of the “not”. “No,…” to state that the weather is not nice, then the “…it’s not” to clarify your agreement.

I realize I gave two reasonings there as if they were the same, I got carried away.

  • There is no way to denote a hyphen verbally !! Mar 19, 2023 at 10:42
  • I mistakenly used a hyphen instead of an ellipses, it was just to show that there’s more to the sentence but it is not relevant to that specific context. Mar 19, 2023 at 10:53
  • You can compare the use of "yes. no." as discussed here.
    – Stuart F
    Mar 19, 2023 at 11:37

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