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    Post No way?

    Dear teachers
    What is the usual answer for "No way?"
    Is it usual to say " Yes way."
    Many thanks

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    Re: No way?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbin View Post
    Dear teachers
    What is the usual answer for "No way?"
    Is it usual to say " Yes way."
    Many thanks

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello, Mrbin:


    Martha: Do you want to be James's boyfriend?

    Mona: No way!!!/ That's out of the question./ Are you crazy?!!!/ Are

    you kidding?!!!

    Martha: Why?

    Mona: Because he's old, ugly -- and poor.



    James


    P.S. To the best of my limited knowledge, "Yes way" does not

    exist in English.

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    Re: No way?

    I think children can argue "Way!" "No way!" or "No way!" "Yes way!"

    But that's far from formal use.

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    Re: No way?

    I don't know where you saw/heard this, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that perhaps you've been watching Wayne's World. This is one of the most famous catchprases from the film.

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    Re: No way?

    That movie did cross my mind.

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    Re: No way?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrbin View Post
    Dear teachers
    What is the usual answer for "No way?"
    Is it usual to say " Yes way."
    Many thanks
    I don't think "No way?" is a question. I haven't heard it used that way. Have you? What's the context?

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    Re: No way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't think "No way?" is a question. I haven't heard it used that way. Have you? What's the context?
    I assume it was being considered a question when used in an incredulous voice.

    - You won't believe who I saw at the restaurant tonight?
    - Who?
    - Brad Pitt!
    - No way?!!!!??? (apologies for the punctuation but it's the only way I could express incredulity)
    - Yes, I really did. (Or "Yes way" )

    In that example, I would take "No way" to mean the same as "Really?!" and consequently a (rather strange) question.

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    Re: No way?

    When "No way!" is said with the meaning "You can't be serious... can you?" the answer is "Way!" meaning "Oh, I am serious!"
    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: No way?

    Even though Wayne's World is almost 20 years old, the incredulous "No way!" followed by the rejoinder "Way!" still remains part of the AmE lexicon. I've even heard my 80-year-old Mom answer with "Way!" on occasion.

    Interesting how a film can influence the language.....to this day probably 65% of Americans will respond "Don't call me Shirley" if someone says to them "Surely you can't...." or "Surely you don't....", thanks to the 1980 movie Airplane!

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    Re: No way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Even though Wayne's World is almost 20 years old, the incredulous "No way!" followed by the rejoinder "Way!" still remains part of the AmE lexicon. I've even heard my 80-year-old Mom answer with "Way!" on occasion.

    Interesting how a film can influence the language.....to this day probably 65% of Americans will respond "Don't call me Shirley" if someone says to them "Surely you can't...." or "Surely you don't....", thanks to the 1980 movie Airplane!

    That was on this weekend. I had it playing mostly as background noise, but every time that line came up, my husband and I both replied in unison with the character.
    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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