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    Answering different questions with same answers

    Hey folks,

    I am sorry for getting back to the topic, but a question just returned to my mind, as I was printing it out for my example pages.

    Are the answers to the questions "You don't want to eat" and "Don't you want to eat" the same?
    So is this example correct?
    Question: You don't want to eat?" / "Don't you want to eat?"
    If I don't want to eat: "No,..."
    If I want to eat: "Yes,..."


    I am unsure cause Matthew wrotee: Although I think most would respond correctly to the question as given [Don't you want to eat]. They would have more trouble if it were "You don't want to eat?".

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    The last thread you ran on this subject was closed because we had answered your questions time and time again. I hope the mods put an end to this thread. There is a limit to the number of times we can say the same thing in different ways.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    I am sorry, but I think it would be more helpful to explain it detailed to me instead of only grumbling. That's not helpful, only unfriendly and useless. It's not stupid to ask again if there are still some troubles.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    It works the same either way. In either case, use a few extra words if you're not sure you've been understood.

    You don't want to eat? may convey a feeling of surprise, while don't you want to eat? is a little more neutral.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    Thank you. So a native speaker (!) would give the exact same answer to both questions, if he doesn't want to eat?

    Like this:

    Question: You don't want to eat?
    Answer: No, I don't want to eat.

    And

    Question: Don't you want to eat?
    Answer: No, I don't want to eat.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    Which is what you were told in the other thread, more than once.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Which is what you were told in the other thread, more than once.
    But is this an answer to my first or second question now? Sometimes "quote tags" help a lot, especially if posts are written within some seconds. I still have the Feeling you're only here to grumble, Sorry.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    How many times do you want me to answer this? The answer is the same as before.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    But I thought you told me one question is neutral while the other one may conveys a feeling of surprise?

    So is my example really correct?

    Question: You don't want to eat?
    Answer: No, I don't want to eat.

    And

    Question: Don't you want to eat?
    Answer: No, I don't want to eat.

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    Re: Answering different questions with same answers

    Aaaaarrrggghhhh!

    Sorry about that, but I feel better now.

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