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Short answers - 'In Tokyo' v 'Tokyo'

This issue arose in a recent lesson. In short, it centres on the difference between: Where do you live? I live in Tokyo. v In Tokyo. v Tokyo. and: Which city do you live in? I live in Tokyo?...
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Responding to ‘Is the price negotiable?’ [closed]

I have been selling some stuff on Gumtree, and nearly every potiential buyer has messaged me asking if my prices are negotiable. What are some common, idomatic responses native speakers use to ...
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If my teacher ask me this, which is the right way to answer it? [closed]

Q : Are these books borrowed by you yesterday? A1 : Yes, these books are. A2 : Yes, these are. What is difference between A1 and A2?
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Is the correct response “here you are” or “here you have”?

If the question is: Would you give me a leaflet in Russian, please? Which answer is correct? Yes, here you are madam. or Yes, here you have, sir.
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Is an interrogative sentence like “So did you?” or “So is she?”, possible?

A: Mike came here yesterday. B: Possible responses: (1) Did you, too? (2) So did you? Instead of saying, "Did you come here yesterday, too?", can you say, (1) "Did you, too?" and (2) "So did you?"? ...
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Answer to the question “where have you been?”

How should I answer the question "where have you been"? Should a possible reply be "I've been cleaning the garden." or "I was cleaning the garden."? I mean should I use 'present perfect tense' or '...
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answering “Yes” or “No” for a question “She doesn't hate me, right?”

I am not a native English speaker. It is very confusing how to answering "Yes." or "No." for a negative question with "right?" added at the end. Tom: She doesn't hate me, right? Tom's Friend: ...
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Is it correct to use name or brand between “the” and “one”?

If there is a question: Which camera do you want? (in this case only the owner's name differentiating them) Can it be answered: We want the Cindy one?
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Answering question with yes or no

if someone asks me "Hasn't it been decided yet?" and if it hasn't been decided should I answer with: Yes (it hasn't been decided yet.) or No (it hasn't been decided yet.)
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What are some appropriate responses to the speaker who told you that her birthday was yesterday

I would like to thank you userr2684291 and FumbleFingers for their help on my previous post (I have deleted it because I don't want them to get into any trouble). (I was doing some English learning ...
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What are some polite ways to respond to the people who call your name but you don't know them

I was waiting for the elevator to arrive at the ground floor and a man called my name. I turned to him and saw him looking at me but I could not recognize him. I was surprised because I did not ...
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Question about answering

Scenario 1 person 1 - Have you ran? person 2 - I haven't ran. person 3 - I didn't run. Scenario 2 person 1 - Did anyone salt that pork? person 2 - I haven't salted that pork. person 3 -...
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What does “Let's be in touch {TIME}” mean?

In a job hunt email a person said that is not looking for someone right now, Let's be in touch summer 2017. What does he mean and how can I say to him that I would like to speak more closely to the ...
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What should I say after allowing someone asking for going forward from behind me?

I am in problem to respond a person after let her pass from behind me when he asks for a side by saying "excuse me,side please"?
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How to answer a negative question in English?

Q: "Don't you know?" If I really don't know, how should I respond to this question? Yes or No? There's a similar question on EL&U, but the answer isn't clear how it works: A confusion about ...
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Splitting “X verbed Y into Z” statements into question and answer

Are these responses grammatical? Speaker A: What did John force Mary to do? Speaker B: Her into buying the house. Speaker A: What did John talk to Jim? Speaker B: Him into believing the news....
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Responses to questions with modal verbs

I was wondering if someone could tell me which answer of the questions bellow sounds incorrect grammatically from among the following list: Could I ask you something? → Yes, of course you could. ...
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Does “I am well, thank you. And you?” expect an answer?

Suppose that somebody greets you, and asks "How are you?" You answer with "I am well, thank you. And you?" Should an answer be expected? I know that who answers could say "I am well too." even if it ...
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Is replying with just “whatever” considered rude?

Suppose that two people are talking about an event to which they participated together, and one of them says something not exact; the other person makes him notice that, but he thinks to be correct. ...
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What is the expected response to “What's up?”

When somebody ask me What's up? I answer I am well, thank you. Is that the expected answer, or should I answer something else? What does a native speaker understand when I reply like that?
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Can you reply “you too” to wishes such as “Good luck”?

Suppose someone is saying to you: I wish you Merry Christmas! or Good luck! Is it meaningful to reply "You too"? Or should you respond "Same to you"?
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A brief response to salespeople's leading questions?

How to respond shortly to suggestive questions such as: Do you want to buy this one or this one? Those are very popular among tradesman and are of manipulative nature. I don't want to explain each ...
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How can I negate or confirm a question tersely using negation?

From a logical point of view, the answer no negates the negation, and yes confirms it. But how would a native speaker react when s/he asked "Don't you love me any more?" and got yes or no as answer? ...