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  1. Yourjones
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    Yes or No

    Hello

    If Tom really does not like coffee, should he say "No, I don't like coffee" when asked "Don't you like coffee?" Or he can also say "Yes, I don't like coffee"?

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    Re: Yes or No

    Say "no."

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    Re: Yes or No

    Do you like coffee?
    No, I don't.


    Don't you like coffee?
    No, I don't.
    Yes, I don't.

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    Re: Yes or No

    "Don't you like coffee?" seems to me to be a very unlikely question, and anybody hearing it is probably going to react to it as if the first word is "Do".

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    Re: Yes or No

    I think the question is possible when someone refuses to have a coffee.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Yes or No

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    "Don't you like coffee?" seems to me to be a very unlikely question,
    I don't think it is unlikely.
    and anybody hearing it is probably going to react to it as if the first word is "Do".
    I don't agree.

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    Re: Yes or No

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

    I understand that this dialogue is possible in certain countries.

    An American tourist in the country of ___ wanders into a small market looking for bananas but can't find them.

    Tourist: Excuse me, sir. Don't you have any bananas?

    Man (smiling): Yes.

    Tourist: That's great. Where are they?

    Man (puzzled): I don't understand.

    Tourist: Where are the bananas?

    Man's wife: Excuse me, sir. My husband misunderstood you. I lived in the United States for several years, so I speak English quite well. My husband told you that "Yes, we DON"T have any bananas" when you asked "DON'T you have any bananas?"

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    Re: Yes or No

    'Yes' and 'No' should be used in an affirmative answer and a negative one respectively irrespective of what the question is.

    Is it correct to say so?
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    Re: Yes or No

    When I saw the subject line, I guessed you were Chinese!

    Chinese (and other Asians) tend to respond to the speaker ('yes, I agree with you' or 'yes, your understanding is correct'), while westerners respond to the facts. For some examples of this, take a look at my response here: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...t-you-leave-me

    The only construction in English that comes close to using a positive to confirm a negative would be to assure the listener that his/her understanding is correct first, as in: 'You're right- I don't like coffee.'

    There's a funny old song that includes the lyrics, "Yes, we have no bananas. We have no bananas today!" It's grammatically incorrect, but that's what makes it funny.

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    Re: Yes or No

    It is a question asked by some Asian learners, along with questions about go/come, that are rooted in their native languages. The answer to the second question in some languages would be Yes, I don't.

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