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What is your feeling on answer 3?

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tanukiton Sun 31-May-15 00:28:54

So ....
Do you like bears?
1 Yes I do.
2 Yes I like bears.
3 Yes I do like bears.
I think the do is working as emphasis but would love some other opinions.

RainbowFlutterby Sun 31-May-15 00:34:13

4. Depends entirely on what sort of bear you're talking about.


TigerFeat Sun 31-May-15 00:45:58

1. Yes I do (doesn't everyone?)
2. Yes I like bears (stop asking me daft questions)
3. Yes I do like bears (I bloody love them)

tanukiton Sun 31-May-15 01:56:59

Ha ha great answers. Sometimes I feel I am disappearing down the rabbit hole when looking at grammar.

BitOfFun Sun 31-May-15 02:02:56

I think there should be a comma after 'Yes' in all cases.


tanukiton Sun 31-May-15 10:27:35

Bit, you are right!

BitOfFun Sun 31-May-15 10:38:20


DrankSangriaInThePark Sun 31-May-15 22:13:21

I think there should only be a comma in the second one.

DrankSangriaInThePark Sun 31-May-15 22:15:05

And possibly the third. Not the first though, that's just a normal 'short answer'- yes I do/no I don't.

SenecaFalls Sun 31-May-15 23:55:24

I would use a comma in all three.

DrankSangriaInThePark Mon 01-Jun-15 08:44:56

In true pedantic fashion I've just checked all my grammar books, and it seems a 50-50 split on whether a comma is needed or not in N1. None of them give a rule for it though. Some put one in, some don't. Curiously, all of the grammar books written specifically for non-native learners don't have a comma for a short answer.

I wonder if the comma usage relates to what comes next.

Yes I do. (nothing more to be said)
Yes, I do...but I like elephants more.

Don't know though!

tanukiton Thu 04-Jun-15 06:32:53

Drank, maybe it is a pause for thought comma. Thank you all.

CocktailQueen Tue 09-Jun-15 21:45:05

Yes, I like bears, and I would use a comma in all three.

elQuintoConyo Tue 09-Jun-15 21:49:44

1 and 3 sound good.
2 sounds weird - like you'd be shouting FFS in your head!

I'd put a comma in all all of them after the Yes.

Drank I think Raymond Murphy insists on commas in short answers, doesn't he?

RiverTam Tue 09-Jun-15 21:50:35

I would use a comma in all three. I think the 'I do' is unnecessary in answers one and three, which obviously makes answer three redundant.

YesIDoLikeBears Tue 09-Jun-15 21:53:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TheCrowFromBelow Tue 09-Jun-15 21:57:08

But which bears do you like most? <misses point of thread>

has to be polar, or red panda.

elQuintoConyo Tue 09-Jun-15 22:21:57

The 'I do' is necessary in number one as just a single 'yes' is rude. So I tell my students smile

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