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    #1

    Doubt: Yes or no?

    Hello,
    A small example:

    Person 1: My car does not drive anymore. I think it's the weather.
    Person 2: It can't be the weather.
    Me: Yes, I also doubt it's the weather.


    Is the "yes" definitely okay?
    "Doubt" is a word which stands for negative things, so using "no" does not seem that wrong?!
    (At least there is a small logic.)

    What do you think?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Doubt: Yes or no?

    I don't think it's idiomatic. In English, we tend not to go with logic, but with simple concord, almost based on euphony: yes, it is; no, it isn't.

    Using yes to express agreement with a negation doesn't sound natural.

    We would say:

    No, it can't be, I think you're right.

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    Re: Doubt: Yes or no?

    Okay, I see.

    I guess you meant:
    No, it can't be, I think you're wrong.

    Thank you.

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: Doubt: Yes or no?

    It depends if you are showing you agree with Person 2 (the person you think is right) or Person 1 (the person you think is wrong).

    Yeah, I don't think that sounds right either. It can't be the weather.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Doubt: Yes or no?

    In this case I would agree with person 2.

    Cheers!

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