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    #11

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    Don't forget that in in real life everything has a context. If two people who know each other are talking to each other there is usually not much confusion. And if there is any confusion they generally sort it out.

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    #12

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    We solve problems. We answer questions.

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    #13

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    Quote Originally Posted by radeo23 View Post
    Statement:
    A: Maria is not home today.
    B: Yes. She's not home today. She's in Italy.

    Is this possible with "yes"?
    It doesn't work for me. You could use something like That's right.

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    #14

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please do not create multiple user IDs. Please delete one of them. If you don't, a moderator will.
    I have done some tidying up. One account has been shut down, this one has been put into moderation, and two accounts not yet opened banned. I remember we had a similar thing with negative questions last year. I think it's a troll.

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    #15

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    I have temporarily reopened this thread in order to shut down the two ongoing threads in the Support Area. The OP has been made aware that he/she has one opportunity to ask one, simple, clear question in order to clear up this issue and that as soon as one person definitively tells him/her what is meant by the answer to the negative question in the forum regarding "Cathy", this thread will again be closed.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #16

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    Okay, thank you very much for all your help :)


    To Barb, you and the others:

    1. question:
    The conversation (please read it without any background info):
    Bryan (sending a low resolution photo): Is that an old photo of your friend?
    Cathy: No, but can you send me a larger picture?
    Bryan (sending a higher resolution of the photo): Okay, I always need to think about that person on the picture, who I thought was your friend. But they are not the same then.
    Cathy (looks closer): No they aren't.

    In this conversation Cathy's last statement "No they aren't." has the meaning:
    "My friend and the person in that picture are two different people. They are not the same person.", correct?


    2. question:
    Conversation:
    B: (...)
    A: Do you mean this serious or ironical? But if you say you mean it serious that my James isn't your James I'm happy.
    B: Serious man. And if you've only been in the USA one year you never would've meet my James. But yeah they're not the same.

    In this conversation B's last statement "But yeah they're not the same." has the meaning:
    "My James and your James are two different people. They are not the same person.", correct? But why does he say "But yeah" and not "But no", cause I would guess this is a negative question that you can agree with "no" and not with "yeah"?

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    #17

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    The simplest way to read the responses is to remove the words "No" and "Yeah" from them. That way, you are left with (Q1) "They aren't" which clearly agrees with "They are not the same", and (Q2) "They're not the same" which agrees with "my James isn't your James".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #18

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    Seems understandable to me. But to question 1...
    Conversation:
    Bryan (sending a low resolution photo): Is that an old photo of your friend?
    Cathy: No, but can you send me a larger picture?
    Bryan (sending a higher resolution of the photo): Okay, I always need to think about that person on the picture, who I thought was your friend. But they are not the same then.
    Cathy (looks closer): No they aren't.

    You mean "No they aren't" agrees with "They are not the same", so I would think Cathy's last statement "No they aren't." has the meaning:
    "My friend and the person in that picture are two different people. They are not the same person.", but in another forum I was told I can't say that. Unfortunately he didn't explain it any further. Or is this wrong and Cathy's last statement "No they aren't." has the meaning:
    "My friend and the person in that picture are two different people. They are not the same person."?

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    #19

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    Quote Originally Posted by radeo23 View Post
    2. question:
    Conversation:
    B: (...)
    A: Do you mean this serious or ironical? But if you say you mean it serious that my James isn't your James I'm happy.
    B: Serious man. And if you've only been in the USA one year you never would've meet my James. But yeah they're not the same.

    In this conversation B's last statement "But yeah they're not the same." has the meaning:
    "My James and your James are two different people. They are not the same person.", correct? But why does he say "But yeah" and not "But no", cause I would guess this is a negative question that you can agree with "no" and not with "yeah"?
    B has left something unsaid. He meant But yeah[, you're right,] they're not the same.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #20

    Re: Agreeing with Negative Statements

    "Do you have no bananas?"
    http://sniff.numachi.com/pages/tiNOBANAN;ttNOBANAN.html


    [A sort of satire on the current problem]

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