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Short answers

When we answer a yes/no question, a lot of people in English speaking countries (especially England) might feel it is rude to answer only yes or no.

There are many other ways of answering a question – here are some examples. Don’t forget that in small talk we should also try and give more information so that the conversation can continue.

Might sound IMPOLITE: Do you like football? – No!

Would you like some more tea? – No, thanks.

Can you help me? – Sorry, but I’ve to make a phone call right now.

Do you like football? – Well, not so much. I prefer basketball.

Are you going to watch the final? – Absolutely! I’m meeting friends in a pub.

Are you going to watch the final? – Actually no. I’ve got another appointment that day/I’m not that interested.

Do you like Christine? – Yes, she’s a darling, isn’t she?

Do you like the suggestion? – Mmmmh, actually I am not sure if that is the best idea.

Do you like the suggestion? – Yeah, sounds great.


Beware of these questions – they are only asked to get agreement.

Lovely weather, isn’t it? – Yes, absolutely brilliant.

Quite cold today, isn’t it? – Yes, quite. But the weather forecast says it is going to get better tomorrow.
Lovely kids, aren’t they? – Yes, they are. They never fight/their parents can be really proud.

That was a good presentation, wasn’t it? – True. I was impressed by the speaker’s knowhow about x.

Other short replies:

I don’t like pizza! – Me neither / nor do I.
I love pizza! – So do I /me, too.
I don’t like football. – But I do.

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