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    Yes, thank you.

    Would you like some coffee?
    A: Yes, please.
    B: No, thank you.

    The following context is copied from "Longman Welcome to English".

    A: Would you like to join our party?
    B: Yes, thank you.

    Is it natural to say " Yes, please." instead of "Yes, thank you". Can we say "No, thank you" if we don't want to join the party? In what circumstances should we say" Yes, thank you"?

    Thanks.

    Last edited by Winwin2011; 13-Mar-2012 at 15:14.

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    Re: Yes, thank you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Is it natural to say "Yes, please." instead of "Yes, thank you".
    Yes, it's natural in BrE. I would say it was more natural than "Yes, thank you." in some contexts.


    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Can we say "No, thank you" if we don't want to join the party?
    We can, and it would be very natural and polite to do so!


    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    In what circumstances should we say "Yes, thank you"?
    It's not really a major distinction but I think "Yes, please" would be more common when the person offering or asking you something will then take a further action based on your answer, e.g. make a cup of coffee/ cut you a slice of cake/ light the fire. When there is no further action required - e.g. when you simply move yourself to sit next to them, or when you agree to a date with them at the cinema on Monday night - then "Yes thank you" seems slightly more appropriate to me.

    I don't think either sounds truly wrong in any circumstance I can currently imagine, though!

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    Re: Yes, thank you.

    [QUOTE=Tullia;865771]Yes, it's natural in BrE. I would say it was more natural than "Yes, thank you." in some contexts.

    Thanks a lot, Tullia. Do you think it's unnatural to say "Yes, thank you." in the above contexts. I fell weired that I found the context in the textbook for Primary School students.

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    Re: Yes, thank you.

    Could any person help, please?

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