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    What does 'I do.' mean here?

    Hi, everyone. I read a dialogue like this:
    A: I hope he hasn't failed his exam.
    B: I do.
    What does 'I do.' mean here?
    THANKS.

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    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    It doesn't make any sense. If person B meant "I hope he HAS failed his exam" then he should have said "I hope he has". "I do" means nothing here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    Hello. I'd like to ask a question here.

    I think 'I hope not' is acceptable as a response to A.
    Is it natural/correct to say 'I hope not, too'?

    Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    I think they mean that they do hope he failed his exam.

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    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    I think that's what they mean too but "I do" doesn't mean that. If speaker A had said "I don't want him to have failed his exam", speaker B could counter with "I do", because "do" is clearly the opposite of "don't" here.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    Indeed, another possible interpretation (of this meaningless phrase) is 'So do I [hope that he didn't fail]'. Context would make it clear; but, whatever it's supposed to mean, it's not English.

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    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    A: I hope he hasn't failed his exam.
    B: ...
    In this dialogue, if person B agrees or disagrees with person A, what should person B reply respectively? Please give as many replies as possible.
    THANKS.

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    #8

    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    A: I hope he hasn't failed his exam.

    Answers(B agrees):

    I hope so too.
    So do I (that he hasn't failed)

    Answers (B disagrees):
    I hope he has.


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    #9

    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

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    An informal way of saying the first ('I hope so too') is 'Me too' or 'Same here'. Also 'Likewise' [one word].

    In B, in the context given by the OP, the I would be stressed; and the stress would be made more striking by having an unstressed syllable introduced before it, and another stressed syllable after it:

    A: I hope he hasn't failed the exam.

    B: Well I do hope he has.

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    Re: What does 'I do.' mean here?

    Is it OK to say 'I hope so' as a response to 'I hope (that) he hasn't failed ...'?
    I had thought it should be 'I hope not'.

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