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    A_Woman is offline Newbie
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    Can he say 'sure'?

    Hi
    Me and my friend are in an argument over the following conversation..

    Me: Are you still home?
    Friend: Sure.

    Is this correct? Can he use the word 'sure' in this case? I believe that's wrong but he thinks that is right. Could someone please confirm if he could use 'sure' here.

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    Re: Can he say 'sure'?

    Welcome to the forum. A_Woman.

    Yes — that's fine in casual conversation.

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    Re: Can he say 'sure'?

    Welcome to the forum. Say My friend and I are in an argument. You wouldn't say Me am in an argument, and you use the same subject pronoun regardless of any other words that come between it and the verb.

    There's nothing grammatically wrong with saying I and a friend, but we virtually always put ourselves second in this kind of construction.
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    Re: Can he say 'sure'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Welcome to the forum. A_Woman.

    Yes that's fine in casual conversation.
    I thought you could use sure when you indicate a confirmation.. like "Could you do something for me?", the reply would be "sure". But in case of "Are you home?", the simple "yes" is more appropriate. Please correct me if i am wrong

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    Re: Can he say 'sure'?

    I agree with you. I find "Sure" a very strange answer to "Are you home?", regardless of how casual the conversation is. It would be fine as a response to "Can I come round to see you?" or "Shall we go out for dinner this evening?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can he say 'sure'?

    Quote Originally Posted by A_Woman View Post
    I thought you could use sure when you indicate a confirmation.. like "Could you do something for me?", the reply would be "sure". But in case of "Are you home?", the simple "yes" is more appropriate. Please correct me if i am wrong
    Yes, you're exactly right.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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