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hi

what is the difference between "Do you think so?" and "Don't you think so?" Actually what is their meaning I'd like to know.

I am not a native English speaker so please don't be surprised to see this question.

By the way, I would like to know how to answer these two questions

how about "Do you think so?"

if I answer "yes, I do", then what does it mean?

and for "Don't you think so?"

if I answer "yes, I do", then what does it mean?

I hope to make myself clear of the concept.

Thank you
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kenny1999What is the difference between "Do you think so?" and "Don't you think so?"
The first is a neutral question. The speaker is not putting any pressure on the listener to answer one way or another.

In the second example the speaker is revealing that he thinks so and is encouraging the listener to agree with him by saying "Yes".

Either way, the answers are the same. You don't have to agree, even if you're being encouraged to do so.

Yes, I do. / Yes, I think so.
No, I don't. / No, I don't think so.

CJ
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Hi Kenny

1.
Jake: I think the organisation should rethink their funding structure.
Tom: Do you think so?

Tom may or may not agree with Jake's thinking totally. He may want Jake to expand a bit.

2.
Sally: That announcement came at a bad time for us. Don't you think so?
Mike: Yea.

Sally may assume that Mike, or for that matter everyone, thinks likewise.
kenny1999By the way, I would like to know how to answer these two questions

"Do you think so?" and "Don't you think so?" don't really have a conventional reply the way 'How do you do?' does in formal situations.

But anyhow,

"Do you think so?"
"Yes, I do" = "Yes, I agree with what you say"

"Don't you think so?"
"No, I don't" = "No, I don't think so" "No I don't agree."

"Yes, I do" = "Yes, I do agree"

Cheers
PBF

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Thanks for replying Jim. I am learning again.; )

Cheers
PBF
kenny1999 hiwhat is the difference between "Do you think so?" and "Don't you think so?" Actually what is their meaning I'd like to know.I am not a native English speaker so please don't be surprised to see this question.By the way, I would like to know how to answer these two questions how about "Do you think so?"if I answer "yes, I do", then what does it mean?and for "Don't you think so?"if I answer "yes, I do", then what does it mean?I hope to make myself clear of the concept.Thank you
You either agree or disagree. One is supportive the other is not.
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