The following are some important Idioms and Phrases to express affirmation / denial
Some Idioms on the theme Affirmation & Denial
- Of course / Of course not – Implies that the case was Common Knowledge
- Example: Can I talk to you for a minute?’ – ‘Of course.’”
- That’s about it – consider the following example: She is not dead, is she? : Reply – That’s about it. The meaning of the phrase that’s about it is ‘yes she is..’
- So they say, So I have read – When someone uses these phrases the mean that they will not venture their personal opinions.
- Consider the following example: Shakespeare was born in 1564, wasn’t he? the answer is So they say/ So I have read (I think so/ I believe so).
- I suppose so – Generally used as a reluctant admission
- “Are we going in the right way?” , “I suppose so”
- not half – This phrase can express surprise
- The cost of living in this city is dreadfully high.. reply to this statement can be, It isn’t half..
- I’m afraid so / I am afraid not – To answer politely in an affirmative when the speaker regrets that this is the case.
- Example: Do you need to go now? Reply : I’am afraid so..
- Yes and No – Indecision
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