Can I answer this question with "do"?

For example,

A: Are you living in the county now?

B: Yes, I do.

Can we?

According to my grammar book, I think B should answer "Yes, I'm". But I just got an answer from a native speaker that it's okay.

Is it correct to answer "do" instead of "am" informally despite grammar?

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Answering "Yes, I do." to the question "Are you living in the county now?" is grammatically incorrect and, while still conveying the correct meaning, would sound awkward, even in an informal conversation.

A more grammatically appropriate answer would be "Yes, I am."

You can more easily see that this is correct by completing the thought that is being conveyed:

"Yes, I do living in the county now." (Incorrect)

"Yes, I am living in the county now." (Correct)

Another thing to note is that the contraction of "I'm" sounds awkward when used by itself.

For example:

"Yes, I'm." should be "Yes, I am," whereas if you explicitly state what/where you are, the contraction works: "Yes, I'm living in the county now."

  • A detailed explanation for why you can't end a sentence with "I'm" can be found on ELU here.
    – Laurel
    Commented Jun 1, 2019 at 3:03
  • @Laurel There is no syntactic reason that you can't use the contraction. So, that explanation isn't really objectively coherent. The simple reason that it's wrong is just that we don't. It's an idiomatic thing where the answer is because. (It sounds wrong because nobody ever says it that way.) Commented Jun 1, 2019 at 14:36

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