Re: Answer "no" to a negative question
I think almost everyone has already had such an experience.
Originally Posted by Confused Linguist
Why so complicated? I would say "No, I haven't" or "Yes, I have".
"I sent it last week. Haven't you got it yet?"
I would always reply:
"No, I got it last week."
(instead of "Yes, I got it last week.")
"Yes, I haven't got it yet."
(instead of "No, I haven't got it yet.")
I'm not sure. It works better in English than in German, I think. I would provide this example for better understanding:
I'd like to know if anybody else has ever had this problem.
A: So, you wouldn't want to go to America, if you got the chance to?
B: Yes - eh, I mean no, I wouldn't.
A: Hast du es noch nicht gekriegt? (Haven't you got it yet?)
When I was learning German at school, I would invariably say "Doch, I haven't got it yet"
because I would substitute "doch" for the word "yes" in my own answers.
1.B: Doch, habe ich. (Yes, I have.)
2.B: Nein, habe ich nicht. (No, I haven't.)
You can't use "ja" here, because it is an affirmative particle that can only be used after affirmative question. For negative questions, we have "doch" and "nein".
I have never thought about that, so I doubt it.
I'd like to know if there are any languages that have a word used to mean "no" as an answer to a negative question.
Wer keine großen Dinge vollbringen kann, tue kleine in großem Maße. — Free translation of Napoleon Hill's citation —