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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
    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?
    No, I didn't. I said that it would be like this:

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: No, they arenīt. (= b I agree, They are not the same.)

    Bryan: But they are not the same then.
    Cathy: Yes, they are. (= a That's wrong. In my opinion they are the same.)

    Is that clearer now?

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Yes Thank you :)
    Just to make sure I understand the opening statement of Bryan correct:
    The words "but" and "then" in his sentence "but they are not the same then" don't change the meaning so:
    "but they are not the same then." = "they are not the same.", correct?

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    Re: Answering negative sentences

    Yes, he is saying they are not the same.

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