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    Default short forms in reply

    Are the following answers natural? Can we have short answers like these in English? Or is there misunderstanding if we answer this way?

    A: Would you like some coffee?
    B: Thanks, I did. / Thanks , I already did. (Instead of I drank some.)

    A: (Mother to the son) Tidy up you room.
    B: I did, mom. (Instead of I tidied it up.)

    A: Please don't forget to buy some bread on your way home.
    B: I have. (Instead of I have already bought.)

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    Default Re: short forms in reply

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Are the following answers natural? Can we have short answers like these in English? Or is there misunderstanding if we answer this way?

    A: Would you like some coffee?
    B: Thanks, I did. / Thanks, I already did. (Instead of I drank some.)

    A: (Mother to the son) Tidy up your room.
    B: I did, mom. (Instead of I tidied it up.)

    A: Please don't forget to buy some bread on your way home.
    B: I have. (Instead of I have already bought some.)
    Your second and third examples are fine, although #2 might be better as "I already did". The first is very unnatural. I really can't think of a shorter answer than "No thanks, I've already had some/one" as it gives the answer to the question and explains why. Of course "No thanks" is a perfectly acceptable answer but clearly you wanted to show the reason.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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