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    Answering negative sentences

    I am an English learner and have a question to the following American-English conversation, so can a native American-English Speaker please help me?

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No they arenīt.

    The "no" confuses me. So I ask myself what Cathy want's to say with her answer:
    a) That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.
    b) I agree, They are not the same.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightright View Post
    I am an English learner and have a question about to the following American-English conversation. Will , so can a native American-English S speaker please help me?

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No they arenīt.

    The "no" confuses me. So I ask myself what Cathy wants want's to say with her answer:
    a) That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.
    b) I agree, They are not the same.
    The answer is b).
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightright View Post
    I am an English learner and have a question to the following American-English conversation, so can a native American-English Speaker please help me?

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No they arenīt.

    The "no" confuses me. So I ask myself what Cathy want's to say with her answer:
    a) That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.
    b) I agree, They are not the same.
    Cathy is expressing agreement (b)..

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Say:

    I have a question about the following American English conversation.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightright View Post
    a) That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.

    Yes, they are
    could supply this meaning.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Hello and thank you for your answers and help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post

    Yes, they are
    could supply this meaning.
    This is confusing me now. While "Goesstation" and "Tarheel" said Cathy agrees with Bryans statement "they are not the same" you say she disagrees and thinks they are the same?

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    That is not what Tdol said. He said that his response agrees with answer A.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightright View Post
    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No they arenīt.

    The "no" confuses me. So I ask myself what Cathy want's to say with her answer:
    a) That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.
    b) I agree, They are not the same.
    Well I'm confused now. Goesstation and Tarheel say it's B and Tdol A, but I'm realy confused now what's more logical in American English.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No they arenīt.


    Cathy is agreeing with Bryan. She could also agree with a statement like "no, this one is bigger than that one." If she wanted to contradict the speaker, she'd say "yes they are."

    I agree, English makes this confusing. French is more logical in this area, at least: you use oui for the two concurring statements and si to contradict the assertion.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    So all in all the right meaning is:

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No [I agree], they arenīt [the same].

    Correct?

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