How to agree with a negative statement: with "yes" or with "no"?



This question here asks about answering negative questions:

I have a completely different question. I want to know:

  • how do we agree or disagree with negative statements in English.


––This is not a duplicate question.

––Yes, it is a new one.


––This is not a duplicate question.

––No, it is a new one.


Posted 2016-04-27T19:07:57.773

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1I do not know how to explain how my question is different other than how I stated it. Please read the title: This is NOT a duplicate because the first person is NOT asking a question but is making a negative statement with which the second person wants to agree. – schremmer – 2016-04-28T02:47:23.793

I completely agree with your comment. This is not a dupe. Have voted to reopen. – Araucaria - Not here any more. – 2016-04-28T09:48:51.450

Your question is now reopened! :) – Araucaria - Not here any more. – 2016-04-28T12:30:47.390

1I appreciate very much the edit and I learned something. (Even though I had rather expected the "duplicate question" issue to come up, I did not dare be that explicit and the closer I had thought I could come was to use the example as a hint.) – schremmer – 2016-04-28T12:40:25.163



The standard way is to clarify your answer by rephrasing the question rather than only saying "no" or "yes".

A - This is not a duplicate question.
B - Yes, it is [a duplicate question].

A - This is not a duplicate question.
B - No, it is not [a duplicate question].


Posted 2016-04-27T19:07:57.773

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@ Catija Actually, I should have stated my question the way I just edited it. Sorry about that. – schremmer – 2016-04-27T19:50:28.593

@ Catija I agree that this would clarify but I would like to know which of the two answers I gave would be properly understood---if at all, because, to compare, I asked the same question on French Language. (

– schremmer – 2016-04-28T12:47:36.460