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    'Yes, you are wrong.'

    I think that yes / no question is really tricky for non native English speakers to learn.

    Someone says 'Yes, you are wrong.', but someone says, "No, you are wrong." because wrong is a negative word. For example,

    A: Am I wrong?

    B: Yes, you are wrong. / No, you are wrong.

    Which one is a natural way of answering the question sentence? Or is there a meaning difference between them? Thank you so much as always and I hope to hear from you.


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    Re: 'Yes, you are wrong.'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    Which one is a natural way of answering the question sentence?
    Yes, you are wrong or No, you are not wrong.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 19-Feb-2013 at 16:41. Reason: added "No, you are not wrong"
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    Re: 'Yes, you are wrong.'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    I think that yes / no question is really tricky for non native English speakers to learn.

    Someone says 'Yes, you are wrong.', but someone says, "No, you are wrong." because wrong is a negative word. For example,

    A: Am I wrong?

    B: Yes, you are wrong. / No, you are wrong.

    Which one is a natural way of answering the question sentence? Or is there a meaning difference between them? Thank you so much as always and I hope to hear from you.

    Remember these lines from a famous old song - "Yes, we have no bananas".
    Yes (It is correct), we have no (there is a lack of) bananas. The fruit seller was the optimistic sort who decided to always put things forth in the most positive manner.

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    Re: 'Yes, you are wrong.'

    Quote Originally Posted by sky3120 View Post
    I think that yes / no question is really tricky for non native English speakers to learn.

    Someone says 'Yes, you are wrong.', but someone says, "No, you are wrong." because wrong is a negative word. For example,

    A: Am I wrong?

    B: Yes, you are wrong.

    No, you are wrong.


    Which one is a natural way of answering the question sentence? Or is there a meaning difference between them? Thank you so much as always and I hope to hear from you.

    Your first suggestion is correct. Effectively, it means "Yes, your statement is correct - you are wrong".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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