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    wang.cupid is offline Junior Member
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    Yeah = Yes?

    Hi everyone, is yeah equal to yes? Are they interchangeable? For instance,

    Person A: It is not a good idea.

    Person B: Yes.
    Here I know B does think it is a good idea, put another way, B disagrees with B on this issue.

    Person B: well, yeah.
    Here it is possible that B says yeah to imply he/she agrees with A on this matter. Am I right? That is to say, this is not a good idea.


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    Re: Yeah = Yes?

    The only difference between "yes" and "yeah" is the degree of formality.

    There is no difference in intention.

    If you simply answer "yes" to a negative statement, you will send a mixed message.

    If you think it's not a good idea as well:
    You're right.
    I agree.
    No, it really isn't.

    If you think it *IS* a good idea:
    Yes, it is.
    I think it is.
    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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