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    Yes or No?

    Dear Teachers

    How do you reply to the following?
    "The Malaysian economy is not so good, right?"
    1) Yes, it is. (to mean yes, it is not good.)
    or, Yes, it's not.
    2) No, it is not. (to mean, no, the ecomony is not good.)


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    Re: Yes or No?

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Dear Teachers

    How do you reply to the following?
    "The Malaysian economy is not so good, right?"
    1) Yes, it is. (to mean yes, it is not good.)
    or, Yes, it's not.
    2) No, it is not. (to mean, no, the ecomony is not good.)
    To agree: No, it isn't.
    To disagree: Yes, it is. (Or: But it is.)

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    Re: Yes or No?

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Dear Teachers

    How do you reply to the following?
    "The Malaysian economy is not so good, right?"
    1) Yes, it is. (to mean yes, it is not good.)
    or, Yes, it's not.
    2) No, it is not. (to mean, no, the ecomony is not good.)
    If I agreed with the statement, I would say "You're right, it's not" or "No, it's not."

    Number (1) as you've listed would actually contradict the original statement. That is, the person saying "Yes, it is" would be disagreeing with the statement that the economy is not so good.

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    Re: Yes or No?

    Quote Originally Posted by PelajarBaru View Post
    Dear Teachers

    How do you reply to the following?
    "The Malaysian economy is not so good, right?"
    1) Yes, it is. (to mean yes, it is not good.)
    or, Yes, it's not.
    2) No, it is not. (to mean, no, the ecomony is not good.)
    In general, if someone asks you an ambiguous question, or one which you are unsure of, you answer more fully. "(No), the Malaysian economy is not good at all."

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