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    Which is correct? No, I don't need /Yes, I don't need

    Hello,

    Which usage is correct?

    A: So, you don't need a text book?
    B: No, I don't need it.
    Yes, I don't need it.

    Thank you

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    Re: Which is correct? No, I don't need /Yes, I don't need

    No, I don't need it.

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    Re: Which is correct? No, I don't need /Yes, I don't need

    Lucalita009, thank you.

    But can't the "yes" be thought of as "Yes, (you are right), I don't need it." ?
    if he perceives the question as "So, you don't need a textbook, right?"
    Or, does the question have to explicitly have "right?" to ask for conformation, for the
    reply to be "Yes, (you are right), I don't need it." ?


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    Re: Which is correct? No, I don't need /Yes, I don't need

    There are two ways we ask questions in the Declarative Mood:

    "So, you think this is a good idea?"
    "So, you admit you did it?"
    Answer is in the positive : "Yes" or "Of course."

    When the question uses a negative construction:
    "You mean, your parents don't mind you being out so late?"
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    "So, you don't need a text book?"
    ...the reply is also in the negative: "No" or "Of course not."
    Last edited by David L.; 27-Aug-2008 at 15:24.

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    Re: Which is correct? No, I don't need /Yes, I don't need

    Thank you David L. I got it now.

    Indeed the answer is dependent upon the way the question is framed.
    I am reminded of the famous question from the lawyer to a person:
    "Have you stopped beating your wife?"

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