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Not a simple yes-or-no question :)



ninon100
Russian Federation

Not a simple yes-or-no question :)
 
Dear colleagues,
Is it Ok if we add the word "yes" or "no" at the end of the question to clarify? Like - 
You´re a new employee, yes?
You´re a new employee, no?
 
Sounds a bit weird to me, though, but I believe some people will use such constructions all the time. 

22 Apr 2019      



douglas
United States

I usually hear this from non-native speakers. In my experience, native speakers rarely do this. I might say: "You´re a new employee, aren´t you?" but wold rarely end the sentence with an interrogative yes or no.

23 Apr 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

It sounds a bit patronising to me. Youngsters do it, mind, but usually with a ´yeah?´ at the end of their question. At the other end of the scale, teachers might do it. ´So, we are all agreed? A triangle has three sides? Yes?´
 
This thread is interesting.

23 Apr 2019     



ninon100
Russian Federation

What a fascinating thread, that one https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/tag-question-yes-no-right-ok.42016/
Thank you!
Bottom line: "right?" and "Ok?" are preferable, "yes?" and "no?" are mostly used by non-native speakers and very rarely by natives and have a comic effect in the latter case. So we should avoid them, although they are not really mistakes.
I´m right, aren´t I? (not "..., no?")

23 Apr 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

You are right, yes. 

23 Apr 2019     



Aisha77
Spain

Hi Lynne, I always read your answers cause I learn much from you... When you said: Youngsters do it, mind, but usually with a ´yeah?´ you put the word "mind" between commas, which I can tell it means "of course" for that reason... I tried to search for this meaning to make sure of it, and also to keep it in my personal vocabulary notes, but I could not see any meaning that could be closed to "clear" "of course"... Could you tell me (if you know...) where I can find that meaning to mark or label the word in my vocabulary list... Thanks so much for everything Lynne, you are the best!
Aisha ;) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

23 Apr 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Hi Aisha,
The way I have used that ´mind´ is a bit colloquial. It means ´take note´ or ´be aware´, something like that. I have googled it just now and usually ´mind´ as a verb is used to warn people, ´Mind out the way!´ etc. Or to look after/babysit: ´will you mind the kids for a couple of hours?´  I can´t find anything which explains this usage of it, but I´m going to have a thorough look! Where I live (God´s own county) we use it all the time. My niece is the worst, when telling off her son! She´ll say, ´I´m telling you, mind, if you touch that, I´ll ....´ 
Sorry I don´t think I´ve been terribly helpful here. I´ll mind what I write in future! 
Lynne  

I am genuinely shocked! I intended to include a link for you to God�s own county - and Kerala came up!!! It�s Yorkshire! 

Edit: Oh wow! Kerala gets the prize; it looks wonderful! I want to live there!

23 Apr 2019     



Aisha77
Spain

What I said: YOU ARE THE BEST! 
Love the way you are in every single way, thanks for your speech and about "God´s own county" saying, 
Don´t you worry about not have helped me, cause you did, I understood well the meaning and I will just write it on my own words and will learn it well, I will try to use it as much as possible...
Thanks once more!
Aisha ;) 
PD: I haven´t been to Yorkshire, but all around the UK is wonderful! 
EDIT: Kerala is the paradise!!

23 Apr 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Thanks Aisha and we are agreed about Kerala!
 
Hey you guys, remember the meet-up in Barcelona? Well, can we swap it to Kerala instead? 
 

23 Apr 2019     



67Englishteacher
France

Lynne, would you agree that your use of "mind" is short for "mind you"? Maybe a way to rephrase the whole sentence would be: "let me remind you that youngsters...". I´d never thought about it, but that´s what this interesting conversation inspires to me :)

23 Apr 2019     



67Englishteacher
France

Lynne, would you agree that your use of "mind" is short for "mind you"? Maybe a way to rephrase the whole sentence would be: "let me remind you that youngsters...". I´d never thought about it, but that´s what this interesting conversation inspires to me :)

23 Apr 2019     

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