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    If the question is"Are you crying?" and we reply"No, I am not crying" instead of the short answer "No, I am not" ,it it wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopya1984 View Post
    If the question is"Are you crying?" and we reply"No, I am not crying" instead of the short answer "No, I am not" ,it it wrong?


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    Sometimes speakers use the long answer when they are angered by your question:

    Tom: Are you crying?

    Joe: No, I am NOT crying! Do you think that I'm a sissy? I just have something in my eyes. That's all. You had better not tell the other guys that I was crying!


    ***

    Mona (interviewing someone for a job): How long have you been in the United States?

    Maria: I came here in 1990.

    Mona: Do you speak fluent English?

    Maria (feeling insulted): Yes, I speak fluent English! ( = Why do you ask that question? Maybe because of my race?)

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    If she said"Yes, I do speak."Is it acceptable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoopya1984 View Post
    If she said"Yes, I do speak."Is it acceptable?

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    (1) I think (repeat: think) that Maria would not say "Yes, I do speak English" if she were angry.

    (2) I DO think that she would use "do" (without the "Yes") if she wanted to emphasize something (just as I have done in the second word of this sentece):

    Tom: I speak 5 languages.

    Maria: Wow! You're smart.

    Tom: I know.

    Maria: I speak 2 languages.

    Tom: What are they?

    Maria: Well, I speak our native language, of course.

    Tom: Of course. What's the other one?

    Maria: Mandarin Chinese.

    Tom: No way! You do not speak Chinese.

    Maria (almost crying): I DO speak Chinese. You have to believe me. I am not a liar.

    ***

    Tom: No way! You cannot speak Chinese.

    Maria: I CAN speak Chinese. Please, please, believe me!

    ***

    Tom: No way! You have never learned Chinese.

    Maria: I HAVE learned Chinese. I'm telliing the truth.

    ALL THE WORDS IN BOLD HAVE TO BE PRONOUNCED WITH GREAT FORCE.

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    Default Re: short answers

    Quote Originally Posted by snoopya1984 View Post
    If she said"Yes, I do speak."Is it acceptable?
    No.

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