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    #1

    Emphasizing yes

    Hi there!

    Please, picture this: somebody asks me for something, which I can do it without a problem. How can I be emphatic in my positive answer? I believe the first one is correct, but I'm not sure about the second.

    I surely can.
    Sure it is possible.

    Cheers,
    Tito

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    Re: Emphasizing yes

    As long as the questions starts with "Can you ...", you'll hear "I sure can" in BrE these days although it still sounds like an import from AmE to my ears. A slightly more British reply would be "Of course I can" or "I certainly can".

    If the questions starts in a different way, then using "can" in the response probably isn't appropriate.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Emphasizing yes

    Your second one is not emphatic, no.

    Assuming the question is posed something like, "Can you do <something>?"...

    "Yeah, sure I can", "Absolutely", "Not a problem", "Before you can say <something very short with relevance to the request>".

    Then there are rather cocky answers like, "Is the pope Catholic?", "Do bears poop in the woods?". All of which mean, "Yes, of course I can do it".

    Also, your tone of voice and body language can do a lot of the work in providing emphasis, even more than the words you say.

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    Re: Emphasizing yes

    Also 'Indeed I can' (sounds dated).

    'Easy-peasy.'

    'Piece of cake.'

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