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Responses - Easy Learning Grammar

Responses are made in answer to a question or a statement by another person in the course of conversation. Like exclamations, they may be full sentences, but can also be phrases or single words.
  • Yes.
  • On Tuesday.
  • I certainly will.
Responses usually do not make sense on their own.Although a response may not have a subject or contain a main verb, it can be classed as a sentence, because a response uses our knowledge of what has just been said. The subject or the verb will usually be understood from the context.
  • Are you coming to the party tonight? – Yes.
  • When are you going to London, then? – On Tuesday.
  • Will you be doing some shopping? – I certainly will.
  • If the verb is in a simple tense you can use the supporting auxiliary do as the verb in the response.
  • Do you like courgettes? – Yes, I do.
  • You usually just use the first part of the verb phrase in a compound verb to make a response. That is, the first auxiliary verb or the modal verb becomes the response form.
  • Has Tamsin called round yet? – Yes, she has.
  • Was Andrea crying? – Yes, she was.
  • Can we leave early? – Yes, you can.
  • Should I be doing this differently? – Yes, you should.
Some speakers prefer to use the modal and the auxiliary form together.
  • Laurence could be running if it wasn’t for his injury.
    Yes, he could be.

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