- 1used to answer a question and say that something is correct or true “Is this your car?” “Yes, it is.” “Are you coming? Yes or no?”
- 2used to show that you agree with what has been said “I enjoyed her latest novel.” “Yes, me too.” “It's an excellent hotel.” “Yes, but (= I don't completely agree) it's too expensive.”
- 3used to disagree with something negative that someone has just said “I've never met her before.” “Yes, you have.”
- 4used to agree to a request or to give permission “Dad, can I borrow the car?” “Yes, but be careful.” We're hoping that they will say yes to our proposals.
- 5used to accept an offer or invitation “Would you like a drink?” “Yes, please/thanks.”
- 6used for asking someone what they want Yes? How can I help you?
- 7used for replying politely when someone calls you “Waiter!” “Yes, sir?”
- 8used to show that you have just remembered something Where did I put the keys? Oh, yes—in my pocket!
- 9used to encourage someone to continue speaking “I'm going to Paris this weekend.” “Yes…”
- 10used to show that you do not believe what someone has said “Sorry I'm late—the bus didn't come.” “Oh yes?”
- 11used to emphasize what you have just said Mrs. Smith has just won $2 million—yes!—$2 million!
- 12used to show that you are excited or extremely pleased about something that you have done or something that has happened “They've scored another goal.” “Yes!!”
- 13yes, yes used to show that you are impatient or irritated about something “Hurry up—it's late.” “Yes, yes—I'm coming.” Idioms
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used when you cannot give a clear answer to a question “Are you enjoying it?” “Yes and no.”
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