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If you ask "No...?" And someone says, "No."...

 
 
camlok
 
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Reply Thu 1 Jun, 2017 03:36 pm
@Sage of Main Street,
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English gets sloppy. For example, the literal answer to "Do you know what time it is?" would be "Yes. (I do know what time it is)" and not telling the one asking what the actual time is. Literally, that would be "What time is it?"


English doesn't get sloppy. Again, I apologize, but this is just another case of an amateur, commenting on the English language and illustrating their ignorance.

English, like most languages [to at least some degree], use wordiness as a way to express softer, more polite language.

I was wondering if you might consider the following - do you know what time it is?

Obviously an exaggeration to explain.
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coa999
 
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Reply Sat 14 Sep, 2019 03:53 pm
In all honesty, I don't get the question here.

It depends on the tone of voice also.
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