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Dear Teacher,

Please explain;

1. He works hard - Yes, he does. (agreement with affirmative)
2. He works hard - No, he doesn't.(disagreement with affirmative)
3. He doesn't work hard - No, he doesn't. (agreement with negative)
4. He doesn't work hard - Yes, he does (disagreement with negative)

I understand (1) & (2) well. But the problem is with (3) & (4).

Reply for (3) is "No". Does it not amount to "Yes, he works hard"?
Reply for (4) is "Yes". Does it not amount to "No, he doesn't work hard"?
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Reply for (3) is "No". Does it not amount to "Yes, he works hard"?
Reply for (4) is "Yes". Does it not amount to "No, he doesn't work hard"?


3) it means that you agree with the fact that he doesn't work hard: "no, he doesn't (work hard)
4) it means that you don't agree with the fact that he doesn't work hard: "yes, he does (work hard). In this case, when you actually SAY the sentence, the "yes" part is stressed.
Thank You,

Still I am confused.

3. He doesn't work hard - No, he doesn't. (agreement with negative)
4. He doesn't work hard - Yes, he does (disagreement with negative)

If my reply for statement (3) is "Yes" only, then does it mean I am agreeing the negative remark.
If my reply for statement (4) is "No" only, then does it mean I am disagreeing the negative remark.

Awaiting for your reply.
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If my reply for statement (3) is "Yes" only, then does it mean I am agreeing the negative remark.

Then, you'd say, "yes, that's true", meaning you agree with the negative statement
If my reply for statement (4) is "No" only, then does it mean I am disagreeing the negative remark.

No, it doesn't; "no" just confirms that you also think he doesn't work very hard; the only way to say you disagree with the statement would be "YES, he does!"

PS: it is to (dis)agree WITH
Thanks.

The word "YES" normally denotes "Agreeing", isn't it?.

If so, Why should I say "yes, that is true" for agreeing negative statement?

Same with "No" also.

Whenever we say "No", we normally disagree with other.

In this context,

Person[A]says : He doesn't work hard
Person (B)'s reply : No (with some what raised tone i.e B's intention is to disagree with A)

What[A]would infer from (B)'s reply?. Can[A]take it for granted thatis also having the same opinion eventhough (B)'s intention is to disagree?.
Or
In mathematics, minus X minus = plus. The same way, Is replying negative remark with negative give affirmative state.

Kindly advise as I am just a learner.
How is that?. Wherever I put bracketed A I saw "angel smiley" and the "Virtual Beer" for bracketed B. Sorry, I didn't mean to. I reproduce it below.

Person A says : He doesn't work hard
Person B's reply : No (with some what raised tone i.e B's intention is to disagree with A)

What A would infer from B's reply?. Can A take it for granted that B is also having the same opinion eventhough B's intention is to disagree?.

Thanks.
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(have you seen all the smileys you've generated? lol!)
Person says : He doesn't work hard
Person (B)'s reply : No (with some what raised tone i.e B's intention is to disagree with A)


If you simply say "no", it automatically implies : no (he doesn't)
To disagree, you'll have to add: no, "that's not true"

I'm at a loss about mathematics!

1. he doesn't work very hard.
Reply:
a) to agree with the statement: "Emotion: yesthat's true"/ "no, he doesn't"
b) to disagree: "yes, he does!"/ "(no( that's not true!"

2. he works very hard.
Reply:
a) to agree: "yes, he does"/"that's true!"
b) to disagree: "no, he doesn't!/"that's not true!"
Good evening Pieanne,

Thank you for your valued explanation.
I'm afraid I wasn't clear enough... ? Sorry!
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