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When do I answer negative questions (e.g. "Aren't you...?") with "yes" or "no"? [duplicate]

I want to know how to answer negative questions. For example, take the following example: Q: "Aren't you supposed to be there at 7? You don't have time." A: "No, I can make it on time.&...
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Negative questions: “No, I don’t” or "Yes, I don't"? [duplicate]

I’m an English teacher in Japan. Recently I ran into quite a conundrum, which I’m sure many others have struggled with. I was talking to one of my students in the presence of my boss and something my ...
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How to answer this question? Yes or No [duplicate]

Sorry, if this question is naive. If someone asks me, "You didn't go to school today, right?" If I did not, should I answer, Yes or No? Similarly, "You do not like eating fish, do you?" ...
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"You have nothing to do" - "Yes I do" / "Yes I don't" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? If someone says "You have nothing to ...
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When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to answer a negative question without ambiguity? Response to “Would you not do it?” When a negative question is asked, what is the grammatically correct way to answer? If ...
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How do you answer tag questions with ", right?"? [duplicate]

When you asked "You don't love me, right?": Which word is used to answer, "Right." or "Yes."? If the answer is "Right": --> Does "Right" mean "What you said is right, i.e., I don't love you.", ...
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a confusion about answer "yes" and "no" to some complicated question [duplicate]

I got confused about the usage of "yes" and "no". I knew in English,"yes" or "no" should response to the meaning of sentence. take a example. assuming a stuff is available. is it available? -...
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Why do positive and negative variants of the same question elicit the same answer? [duplicate]

In common American English usage, these two questions elicit the same response: Do you have a ticket? Don't you have a ticket? These are the usual answers (I was going to say "possible answers" but ...
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Proper yes/no answer to a question posed in negative form [duplicate]

Should the question, "Does anyone not understand this?" be answered yes or no, if one does understand?
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Negative question; what's the affirmative answer here? [duplicate]

My wife and I communicate in English. She's Japanese, I'm Norwegian and we're both language enthusiasts; this makes for a lot of interesting language discussions. This is something that surfaced ...
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Responding to a question correctly with yes or no [duplicate]

This question has been irking me for a while and I cannot seem to find any answer. Take something simple such as: Question:"Did you not enjoy eating at the restaurant?" Response: "No.&...
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"Shouldn't you be at work?" [duplicate]

Say you should be at work. Would the correct answer be "yes" or "no"? The common answer would be "yes", but isn't that really saying, "yes, I should not be at work"?
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What is the correct way to respond to a negative question? [duplicate]

If someone asks me the question Do you want to come to my house? If I say yes- I'm accepting their offer. If I say no- I'm declining their offer... simple. If someone instead asks Do you not ...
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Do phrases "Yes, it did not." and "No, it did not." have different meanings? [duplicate]

Let say the question is: So this ended up not working? What is the proper way to say, this indeed not work? These two seem fine to me: Yes, it did not. or No, it did not. Are they both ...
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Confirm and agree to negative questions [duplicate]

on the internet I read the following explanation: "we aren't using "no" to agree, we are using "no" to CONFIRM the negative statement." Does that mean you confirm a negative question with no and ...
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