AEE 145: A Big “Yes/No” Mistake You’re Making in English and How to Fix it

A Yes, No mistake in English, All Ears EnglishYou are making a big mistake!

It’s time to stop and fix this common error with “yes/no” questions.

Today you’ll hear a real conversation between Lindsay and her co-host where they use “yes/no” questions and answers and you’ll see how to do it right in English.

If someone asks you this: “Do you have any other questions?”

The incorrect way to respond: “Yes I don’t have any other questions”

The correct way to respond: “No I don’t have any other questions.”

 

Here’s the general rule:

Say “yes” or “no” to match the answer, not to match the question.

 

More examples:

Q: Do you have any other questions?

A: No I don’t.

 

Q: You can type 100 words per minute, right?

A: Yes I can/No I can’t.

 

Q: Hey you listen to the AEE podcast? Don’t you love it?

A: Yes I love it.

Q: You don’t want to listen every day?

A: Actually I do. Yes.

 

One more tip:

Use the words “actually” or “really” or “in fact” to redirect the question and give a different answer than the person is expecting.

Don’t translate from your native language!

 

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