English 101: today is Sunday, if I ask "Hey, you DON'T have to go to work right?"

answer?

  • Yes, I don't have to work

  • No, I don't have to work


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andylawcc

Lifer
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and if you really don't have to work, your answer would be:

1) "Yes, I don't have to work today"
or
2) "No, I don't have to work today"

edit: the "Sunday" part is irrelevant, it could be a public holiday or whatever.
 
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KeithTalent

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I'd say 2, since really the question in it's entirety is just the latter half of the statement, and that is what is being answered, the first part about it being Sunday is completely irrelevant so should not be dictating the form of response.

KT
 
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Dman8777

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I would either say 2 or "Yes that's correct, I don't have to work today." Option 1 is confusing imo.
 

andylawcc

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I'd say 2, since really the question in it's entirety is just the latter half of the statement, and that is what is being answered, the first part about it being Sunday is completely irrelevant so should not be dictating the form of response.

KT

hum, let me edit the Question then. My intention is just the latter half.
 

olds

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If there was a comma after the word "work", my answer would be #1.
 

NetWareHead

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#1 is correct. You respond with a yes which is an affirmative response to your question of "you DON'T have to go to work "
 

blackdogdeek

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IIRC, this is exactly why the French have another word to confirm the affirmative to a question asked in the negative. Instead of "oui", you'd answer "si".

To avoid confusion, I'd go with what some of the other posters have said "Correct, ...."
 

Rakehellion

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and if you really don't have to work, your answer would be:

1) "Yes, I don't have to work today"
or
2) "No, I don't have to work today"

edit: the "Sunday" part is irrelevant, it could be a public holiday or whatever.

Either one is correct.

Number 2 is appropriate regardless of how the question is worded and the question is grammatically incorrect anyway.
 

Midwayman

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The question is asking you to verify the statement. If it didn't have the right at the end I'd answer #2, but #1 is correct. However I would probably answer "Correct, I don't have to work today."
 

smackababy

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so, how should the Question be worded in the first place?

The question is asking for confirmation of your statement, and that can be confusing, as I would simply answer "yes" just to be obtuse. You should ask "Do you have to go to work today?" and the clearest answer could be given.
 

disappoint

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and if you really don't have to work, your answer would be:

1) "Yes, I don't have to work today"
or
2) "No, I don't have to work today"

edit: the "Sunday" part is irrelevant, it could be a public holiday or whatever.

3) "Right, I don't have to work today."

I'd pick #3.
 

MtnMan

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Still so low on the food chain that you have to work on Sunday?