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    how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    If someone says "it isn't fair" and I want to express that I agree with this statement can I say like that "yes, It isn't fair"? If I just say yes what do I mean? Thanks

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    Smile Re: how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    If someone says "it isn't fair" and I want to express that I agree with this statement can I say like that "yes, It isn't fair"? If I just say yes what do I mean? Thanks
    I believe you could simply say:

    - It is not fair!
    - No, it is not, I agree with you!

    Whether something is not fair means it is NOT free from favoritism or self-interest or bias or deception; conforming with established standards or rules; "a fair referee"; "fair deal" etc.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    If someone says "it isn't fair" and I want to express that I agree with this statement can I say like that "yes, It isn't fair"? If I just say yes what do I mean? Thanks
    If you just say "yes" it doesn't mean anything.
    The same applies to any negative statement (and less so to any positive statement).

    1A: That isn't a duck
    B: Yes (meaningless)

    2A: That is a duck.
    B: Yes (possibly could be taken for agreement)

    3A: Is that a duck?
    B: Yes (Correct use, assuming that it is a duck).

    Generally, people don't just say "yes", unless a yes/no question is asked, like the third one.

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    Re: how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    If you just say "yes" it doesn't mean anything.
    The same applies to any negative statement (and less so to any positive statement).

    1A: That isn't a duck
    B: Yes (meaningless)

    2A: That is a duck.
    B: Yes (possibly could be taken for agreement)

    3A: Is that a duck?
    B: Yes (Correct use, assuming that it is a duck).

    Generally, people don't just say "yes", unless a yes/no question is asked, like the third one.
    Is this grammatically ok if I say "yes, it isn't fair" or "No, it isn't fair"?

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    Re: how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Is this grammatically ok if I say "yes, it isn't fair" or "No, it isn't fair"?
    You could say:
    No, it isn't.
    No, it isn't fair.
    Yes, it sucks, doesn't it?


    But, and this applies generally, you don't say:
    "Yes, it isn't" - no matter what the proposition is.

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    Re: how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    If someone says "it isn't fair" and I want to express that I agree with this statement can I say like that "yes, It isn't fair"? If I just say yes what do I mean? Thanks
    If you simply reply "yes," you are agreeing that the situation isn't fair. In the US, a common reply to "it isn't fair" is to reply something like, "I agree with you, but, on the other hand, life isn't fair." This statement tells the person that you agree that his situation isn't fair, but that there is also nothing that can be done about it, and unfair things happen to all of us, so you can sympathize with him.


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    Re: how to respond to "It isn't fair"?

    If the statement is a negative, then you reply in the negative:

    It isn't fair.
    No, it isn't. - (I agree with you.)

    If in the positive, the reply is in the positive:
    He's a great cricket captain.
    Yes, he is. - (I agree with you)

    So - If I say, "It isn't fair." and you disagree, you would say, "Yes it is!"

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