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    confusing phrasal verb

    Hi there,
    The phrasal verb "answer back" means "to reply in a rude way to someone that you are supposed to obey". So, answering back is not a good thing. But my question is " do native English speakers use "answer back" in a sense which is equel to "answer". That is, would the following question make sense in English.

    -"Whenever I ask a question Anne answers me back nicely".

    In other words "can we answer back nicely?

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    Last edited by udara sankalpa; 28-Jun-2007 at 19:31. Reason: wanted to hilight the word


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    Re: confusing phrasal verb

    Hi Tdol
    Nobody has answered my thread. Is the question not clear? Please give it a try, would you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi Tdol
    Nobody has answered my thread. Is the question not clear? Please give it a try, would you?

    Cheers
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    Well, to my way of thinking, you can't use that phrasal verb in that way, with its connotation of speaking rudely when answering someone.

    But I know how to solve the problem - use the noun instead!

    Whenever I ask a question of Ann, I have/get a kind answer back.

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    Re: confusing phrasal verb

    Quote Originally Posted by udara sankalpa View Post
    Hi there,
    The phrasal verb "answer back" means "to reply in a rude way to someone that you are supposed to obey". So, answering back is not a good thing. But my question is " do native English speakers use "answer back" in a sense which is equel to "answer". That is, would the following question make sense in English.

    -"Whenever I ask a question Anne answers me back nicely".

    In other words "can we answer back nicely?

    Cheers
    Udara
    In your example, "answer back" is a phrasal verb which does nothing with replying a question, but retorting a person in a rude manner.

    If you want to say someone answers a question, just say "anwer" is enough. "Back" is a redundant and misleading in that case.

    You use "answer back" :
    When someone(you dad/mom/teacher scolds you,you feel aggrieved and you argue with them. - Here, you are answering back. So, it is odd enough to say "Can we answer back (scold back) nicely?

    Oh, excuse me. I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by albertino; 29-Jun-2007 at 07:30.


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    Re: confusing phrasal verb

    Hi albertino ,
    I quite agree with you . But I have heard in an original documentary DVD, "answer back" is used in that incorrect way. (Documentary is " Animals are beautiful creatures, 33 rd minute)

    That was what baffled me.

    If a native speaker would like to add something, I am more than thankful .

    Cheers
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    Re: confusing phrasal verb

    When you add the adverb, the word 'back' becomes redundant. I wouldn't say it's an error to say 'answers me back nicely', but it is a clumsy phrase.

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