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    #1

    Do you?

    Dear teachers, whether someone says:

    I've got a headache.

    then someone else replies:

    Do you?
    You do?

    Which one is right? why?

    Thank you very much


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    #2

    Re: Do you?

    Both are fine in colloquial and verbal usage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear teachers, whether someone says:

    I've got a headache.

    then someone else replies:

    Do you?
    You do?

    Which one is right? why?

    Thank you very much
    As Anglika has stated, both are commonly used.

    But, I've never understood why the question needs to be asked in the first place. If someone says they have a headache, why is there a need to question what they say?
    "I have a headache."
    "Do you?"
    "Yes, damn it! I just told you that I do! Weren't you listening?"

    Strange situation!

    It would be far more polite to simply reply, "I'm sorry to hear that!"

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    Dear teachers, whether someone says:

    I've got a headache. I would say, "Have you?"

    then someone else replies:

    Do you? It would be ok if someone said "I have a headache"
    You do? Acceptable but quite colloquial.

    Which one is right? why?

    Thank you very much
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    Banderas,
    Purely for the sake of friendly discussion, why ask the question at all? If someone says they have a headache accept it at face value and simply say something supportive. Why ask a question when the obvious has already been stated?

    Cheers,
    Amigo

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    I've never understood why the question needs to be asked in the first place.
    A context'd be nice right know , well, I heard that from a movie, someone causes to someone else a headache and then waits (ask) for a response:

    You do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    A context'd be nice right know , well, I heard that from a movie, someone causes to someone else a headache and then waits (ask) for a response:

    You do?
    Hi, marciobarbalho! (You sure have a lot of vowels in your name!!!!)

    I understand the context because I hear the question (You do?) being asked all the time.

    My point is that the question does not, and probably should not, need to be asked at all.

    Think of the following examples:
    A boy with a shaved head walks into the house: "I went to the barber today." His father says, "You did?" Dah! The obvious does not need a question in the response!

    A girl with a sunburned face tells her father: "I got a sunburn at the beach today." Her father says, "You did?" Dah! The obvious does not need a question in the response!

    So, when someone tells you they have a headache, why do you need to ask them if they have a headache ("You do?") when they just told you they do??? The obvious does not need a question in the response!

    I have to go now! ("You do?) Yes! I just told you that I do!!!!!!

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    Banderas,
    Purely for the sake of friendly discussion, why ask the question at all? If someone says they have a headache accept it at face value and simply say something supportive. Why ask a question when the obvious has already been stated?

    Cheers,
    Amigo
    I completely agree with you, Amigos4.
    From male's point of view it does not make any sense but women pretty much often tend to ask this kind of question. My wife does it. One day she explained to me that women are so inclined to do so in order to show empathy and carry on conversation. This the way women are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I completely agree with you, Amigos4.
    From male's point of view it does not make any sense but women pretty much often tend to ask this kind of question. My wife does it. One day she explained to me that women are so inclined to do so in order to show empathy and carry on conversation. This the way women are. Is this the way women are??? Hahahahaha I think I have a headache!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    A boy with a shaved head walks into the house: "I went to the barber today." His father says, "You did? It is always my job to give you a haircut".

    A girl with a sunburned face tells her father: "I got a sunburn at the beach today." Her father says, "You did? I am quite surprised as today has not been much sun at all"

    I have to go now! "You do? 10 minutes ago you said that you would stay..."
    Cheers,
    Amigo
    Do my examples work?If not how would you react instead? I mean, what would you say instead of "You do?", "You did?" and "You do?" in all these sentences?

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