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    when to say yes or no

    Hello. The thing that troubled me the most when learning English was differentiating when to respond with a "yes" or a "no".

    I think it's because of the interference of my first language, Korean.

    For example, when somebody asks you, "Do you dislike the cake?", then would it be correct to say "No, I don't like the cake." or "Yes, I like the cake." in English?

    Because in Korean, if you don't like the cake, you say "Yes, I don't like the cake." and "No, I like the cake.". So it's opposite from English.

    P.S. Please correct me if I have any punctuation or grammar mistakes.

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    If you like the cake: 'Do you dislike the cake?' 'No. I like it.'
    If you don't like the cake: 'Do you dislike the cake?' 'Yes.'
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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Oh so it wasn't the opposite! Thank you!

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Then would the respond be the same if the question were "Don't you like the cake?" or "Do you not like the cake?"

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Quote Originally Posted by FelicityKim View Post
    Then would the respond be the same if the question were "Don't you like the cake?"or "Do you not like the cake?"
    "Yeah I do" or "No, I don't".

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Then would the respond response be the same if the question were "Don't you like the cake?"or "Do you not like the cake?

    I would answer "Yes, I like the cake." to the first question and "No, this cake does not taste good to me"

    There are many ways to respond to these questions. It all depends on how strong your opinion is.

    This is a hard question for many foreigners to answer. I usually told my students to first answer the question "yes" or "no" depending on your opinion on the cake and then explain your reason in a positive of negative way depending on whether you said yes or no.


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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    I would answer "Yes, I like the cake." to the first question and "No, this cake does not taste good to me"

    There are many ways to respond to these questions. It all depends on how strong your opinion is.

    This is a hard question for many foreigners to answer. I usually told my students to first answer the question "yes" or "no" depending on your opinion on the cake and then explain your reason in a positive or negative way depending on whether you said yes or no.

    Thank you for the detailed reply. Then if the question were, "You didn't do it?" would the answer be "Yes I did it" / "No I didn't do it" ? Or is it the other way around?

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    I don't get why I am so confused about this. I have been speaking English for 17 years and I still can't pin this down.
    So do you say yes or no according to your opinion in any situation, regardless of the question's connotation?
    I hope that makes sense.

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Thank you for the detailed reply. Then if the question were, "You didn't do it?" would the answer be "Yes I did it" / "No I didn't do it" ? Or is it the other way around?
    Don't worry. Even native English speakers can get confused answering such questions.

    "You didn't do it?"

    This would be question from someone who expected you to do whatever "it" was. Yes, your answers are the wrong way around

    Again, follow my suggestion. Respond Yes or No and the explain yourself. Never just answer such questions just "Yes" or "No" as the questioner will be confused by that answer too.

    Here are potential answers:

    "You didn't do it?"

    "Yes, I didn't do it. I thought there was no reason to do it now."
    "Yes, I didn't do it. I thought you said not to. Has something changed?"

    "No, I did it. I finished the work an hour ago."
    "No, I did it. That was what you told me to do, wasn't it?."

    See. Just answer the question and make sure you give some further information so there is no misunderstanding.

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    Re: when to say yes or no

    Quote Originally Posted by FelicityKim View Post
    Thank you for the detailed reply. Then if the question were, "You didn't do it?" would the answer be "Yes I did it" / "No I didn't do it" ? Or is it the other way around?
    That question is a tricky one. There is no set rules on how to respond. I personally would say "No, I didn't do it" or "No, I did it". I know it doesn't make much sense but what follows yes or no is what really matters.

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