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Why do people answer 'yes' to questions that aren't yes/no questions?

I have realised that (at least in the UK) when I ask "How are you?" many people usually answer things like "Yes, I'm great, thank you.". Given that it is not a yes/no question, ...
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Difference yea/nay and yes/no - four-form system [duplicate]

So, my brother is watching on tv a vote a in the American Congress. He says that the members are asked to vote with yea/nay (I have heard that from the Chamber of Commons in the UK as well). Now we ...
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Use of “yes” and “no” in answering questions worded in the negative [duplicate]

In studying other languages (Korean at the moment) the use of “yes” and “no” when answering questions that are worded in the negative seems to be opposite English (at least American English) style. In ...
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Is the verb auxiliary in "I do"?

In the sentence "I do like mint ice cream" 'do' is an auxilliary verb. However, if you were responding with a "I do" in a wedding vows context, is 'do' auxilliary? It would be if you continued the ...
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About: intonation_''wh-question''

This is a simple one. Could you tell me what "Carbonara" is? Now. The question is: Which intonation should be used? Is it a yes/no question or a wh-question? -It is a polite request for ...
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A word to describe Yes, No and unknown

I am facing a problem during programming. I am trying to describe a collection of three words. Is there a word for yes, no and unknown ? The words for example could describe if someone is authorized ...
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Can 'Yes' and 'No' be used other than to answer questions?

Is there any way you can use the words 'Yes' and 'No' without it being in the context of answering a question? Both words can be used to answer yes/no questions like 'is X true' or 'are you X'. Is ...
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How to answer this "as ... as" comparison?

With the question, "Is [noun1] as [adjective] as [noun2]?", should one answer in the negative or affirmative when [noun1] is more [adjective] than [noun2]? Example: Animal Top speed ======= ...
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In Oral english, can we reply "I think so" to an interrogative sentence?

For instance, in Spoken English: Q: Has anyone seen my torch? A: I think so. / I don’t think so. Or it is better to reply with a yes or no, such as: Q: Has anyone seen my torch? A: Yeah, I ...
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