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    help me!

    i have the confusion about the yes/no questions. Could you help me figure it out?
    Do you go to school?

    Don't you go to school?

    Do 2 sentences above are similar?

    Thanks,

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    Re: help me!

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    i have the confusion about the yes/no questions. Could you help me figure it out?
    Do you go to school?

    Don't you go to school?

    Do 2 sentences above are similar?

    Thanks,
    They are similar, but they're used in different circumstances.
    If you go to school, the answer to the first is "Yes". The answer to the second, to avoid ambiguity, is "Yes, I do".

    If you don't go to school, you'd answer "No" and "No, I don't" respectively.


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    Re: help me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They are similar, but they're used in different circumstances.
    If you go to school, the answer to the first is "Yes". The answer to the second, to avoid ambiguity, is "Yes, I do".

    If you don't go to school, you'd answer "No" and "No, I don't" respectively.
    Why do we have 2 types to say if they are similar? I meant when we use the first and the second?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    Why do we have 2 types to say if they are similar? I meant when we use the first and the second?
    Similar doesn't mean the same. It means almost the same, or the same in some aspect/s.
    The first is a straight-forward question.
    The second implies that the asker thinks you should be at school, or you should be going to school, etc.

    This dialogue makes sense:
    A: I'm going to play football.
    B: Don't you go to school? [How come you have time for football?]

    This dialogue doesn't make sense:
    A: I'm going to play football.
    B: Do you go to school?
    Last edited by Raymott; 13-Jun-2010 at 04:08. Reason: missing word

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    Re: help me!

    When the question is asked:

    Don't you go to school?

    The expected answer is 'no'. So, when you give the answer as 'yes', you give it emphasis by adding 'I do'.

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    Re: help me!

    thank you very much!


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    i think you have the rich knowledge of English, so could you have me explain something, Mr Raymott?
    i ussually have trouble with synonym. For example, what is the difference between love and affection? I mean when do we use love, affection?
    Last edited by hitinvo; 13-Jun-2010 at 04:17.

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    #8

    Re: help me!

    Hi hitinvo,
    Just quick note about your posts: It would be helpful if you used different titles, rather than "help" or something similar. It's more useful for the people reviewing your posts to see titles like "Do you/Don't you" or whatever will give us more information about your question.

    Thanks.
    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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