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respond to “I hope I'm successful!”

One of my friends who has applied to a university told me "I hope I'm successful!". How can I respond to that? Is it correct to say "I'm sure you will be fine"? Any better ...
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What should I say in response to “I hope next year is better”?

How should I reply to this statement without using a bland "me too"? I want the conversation to keep going past this, but I'm not sure how to respond well.
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Response to “How you doing?”?

What is a natural response to "Good to see you. How you doing?"? Will a natural response include "doing" as in "I'm doing okay" or will "I'm okay" be more ...
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Is “Don't be” correct as a response to “I am sorry”?

I heard someone saying "Don't be" in response to "I am sorry". I wonder whether it is correct. Some native speakers said it was a mistake, however, some said it was correct. Is ...
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What's the difference between saying “not so much” and “no I don't”?

What's the difference between saying "not so much" and "no I don't"? For example: Q: Do you like horror movies? A1: Not so much. A2: No I don't.
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When my supervisor tell me do something, can I reply by done?

I am writing a text with my supervisor, and when he put a remark to correct it, can I answer by done ? that's mean yes I do it.
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Sarcastic response

Context: Someone has behaved in a very bad way at work and wants to apologize for it a few days later. He's talking to a coworker of his. Person: I hope you can forgive me. I bought some chocolates to ...
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How to politely respond when someone calls your name?

I found the following example in Genesis 22:1: Some time later God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he answered. Is "here I am" considered as a polite response when ...
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Is it OK to say “I am Nathan, I am smart, I am nice” in English in answer to “Who are you?”? [closed]

Is it ok to answer, "I am smart, I am kind, and I am strong" to the question, "Who are you?"?
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What do you say when someone one points at you and says there it is and you never met them before and it wasn't you

What do say when someone one just walks up to you and points and says there it is and you never met them before and it wasn't you?
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What is the more proper alternative to “my bad”?

When people admit mistakes they tend to use the phrase "my bad". I found that it is an informal way in North America. Could anyone help me with a better alternative?
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Is it OK to respond to “thanks” with “sure”?

When someone says ..., thanks. Is it appropriate to respond with sure If so, in which situations it would be OK, and what exactly would it imply?
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“How aware are managers of …” vs “How managers are aware of …?” Any difference in Asking and Replying?

Asking: A1 How aware are managers of employee attitudes and behaviours? A2 How managers are aware of employee attitudes and behaviours? Replying: R1 Managers are very well aware of ...
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How to respond to 'Would you like to come with us?'

Would you like to come with us? Oh, sure. I'd love to. It is from our OXFORD student book. So my question is Can students just answer 'I'd love to.' , 'Sure.', 'OK.' or 'That sounds great!'? ...
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What's meant by “when can we see the first cut”?

I am a software developer and working on a client project. The project deadlines are coming along fast. I gave the client an update yesterday. The client asked, "When can we see the first cut?" ...
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What a granny is supposed to say to respond to “Thank You”?

A post gives "8 Ways to Respond to Thank You". I didn't find one is appropriate the following situation. Imagine that, a granny prepares a breakfast for her grandson. Grandson: thank you, granny. ...
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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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“I have no question”--> “Me, too” or “Me, either”?

Ok, at the end of an English class, the teacher says "Do you have any questions?" Student A: I have no question Student B: Me, too / Me, either So, the Student B should say "Me, too&...
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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. May ...
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Best answer for “feel free to …” [closed]

When people say "feel free to contact me", I don't know how to answer. How do you reply this?
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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? ...