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  1. LaiDG
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    Exclamation how to answer "don't you eat?"

    help.... someone.... please....

    how would you answer these questions:

    Don't you eat?
    "Yes, I eat." or "No, I eat" ?

    Is nobody here intelligent?
    "Yes, somebody here is intelligent"
    "No, somebody here is intelligent"


    thank you!

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    Re: how to answer "don't you eat?"

    Quote Originally Posted by LaiDG View Post
    help.... someone.... please....

    how would you answer these questions:

    Don't you eat?
    "Yes, I eat." or "No, I eat" ?

    Is nobody here intelligent?
    "Yes, somebody here is intelligent"
    "No, somebody here is intelligent"


    thank you!
    ***NOT A TEACHER***(1) Don't you eat breakfast every morning? Yes, I do. = I eat breakfast every morning. / No, I don't (eat breakfast every morning). *** (2) Is nobody here intelligent? = I cannot believe how stupid everyone here is!!!Yes, sir, there ARE some intelligent people here./ No, sir, NOBODY here is intelligent./ No, sir, there are NO intelligent people here. ***(3) Is anybody here intelligent? = I am asking a sincere question. I do not know the answer. I am new at this company. Yes, sir, there are a few/some/ many intelligent people here. / No, sir, nobody here is intelligent./ No, sir, there are no intelligent people here.

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    Re: how to answer "don't you eat?"

    Thanks for clarification, TheParser, because in Turkish we reply these kind of questions another way round and sometimes it's a bit confusing.

    An example (The translation is literal):

    Mutlu değil misin? (Aren't you happy?)
    Evet, değilim. (Yes, I am not)
    Hayır, mutluyum. (No, I am)

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    Post Re: how to answer "don't you eat?"

    My answer are :

    Yes , I want to eat .
    No , I ate two hours ago .
    Last edited by Vladimir_al; 05-Feb-2010 at 12:10.

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    Re: how to answer "don't you eat?"

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Thanks for clarification, TheParser, because in Turkish we reply these kind of questions another way round and sometimes it's a bit confusing.

    An example (The translation is literal):

    Mutlu değil misin? (Aren't you happy?)
    Evet, değilim. (Yes, I am not)
    Hayır, mutluyum. (No, I am)
    I thank YOU for reminding me that "yes" and "no" are considered differently in certain languages. There is the old joke about the American who goes to a store in country X. The store has NO bananas. The American asks, "Don't you have any bananas?" The clerk answers, "Yes." = Yes, we don't have any bananas. An American expects "No." (No, we don't have any bananas.)

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    Re: how to answer "don't you eat?"

    It took me quite a few times of making an error with my mother-in-law. If you ask her, and other older Germans, if they would like another cup of coffee, for example, they would say either "Danke" or "Ja" I always assumed that if they said Danke, (thank you) that meant thanks, yes, I would like some more. Not so. If they say "danke", it means, thanks but no, I don't want any more.

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