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short answers
Can we use "Yes, I like." instead of "Yes, I do." on answering a question such as "Do you like soup?".

30 Mar 2011      


i think that should be "Yes i do."

30 Mar 2011     

Mariethe House

Yes, "I like it" is possible , but not just: I like.
Or you can say: Yes I do, I like it! Smile

30 Mar 2011     


Your short answer is fine...... no problem in saying Yes I like as a short answer. 
It īs an informal way of saying yes I do like soup very much.


30 Mar 2011     


"Yes, I like it. "   or
"yes, I do."          or emphasizing it
Yes, I do like it."

30 Mar 2011     


Sorry Redbull, but I think you are wrong!
As a short answer "Yes, I like" is not natural. It is neither grammatically correct nor is it used colloquially.
I think that many languages do repeat the main verb in the answer, but in English it is the auxiliary verb that is repeated, eg:

Did you like it? -> Yes, I did/ No, I didn īt
Will you go? -> Yes, I will/ No, I won īt
Can you help? -> Yes, I can/ No, I can īt ... etc.

30 Mar 2011     

United Kingdom

Dear Jccm,
Sp.watson is correct.
We often answer a question with a short answer, repeating the Auxiliary Verb, (when there is one), or the Modal Verb, NOT the Main Verb.
"Do you like milk?"  "Yes, I do."  OR "No, I don īt"
"Did you enjoy the film?"  "No, I didn īt"  OR "Yes, I did"
"Can you swim?"  "Yes, I can."  OR "No, I can īt"
"Would you like a cup of tea?"  "Yes, I would."  OR "No, I wouldn īt"
"Must you go now?"  "Yes, I must."  OR "No, I mustn īt"
"Is your name Ali?"  "Yes, it is."  OR "No, it isn īt"
"Are they English?"    "Yes, they are." OR "No, they aren īt"
"Have you a dictionary?"  "Yes, I have." OR "No, I havenīt"
"Do you like soup?"  "Yes, I do."  OR "No, I don īt"
I hope that this helps.

30 Mar 2011     


Redbull has it wrong of course. Most Thais would indeed reply īYes I like ī to this question, but every decent teacher knows this is not correct English. īYes, I do ī would be the most used correct answer.

Please stop teaching this to your students, Redbull. You īre not doing them any favours.

30 Mar 2011     

[email protected]
United Kingdom

Or, to put it another way, īlike ī (as a verb) is transitive, and therefore must take an object.

30 Mar 2011     

Czech Republic

I agree with  dszilvi and ldthemagicman - great examples!

I teach the beginners to use in the short answers the "helping word" (auxiliary/modal verb) which would appear in the question.

Same with the question tags - use the "negative/positive (opposite)" "helping word" in the question tags.

You like pea soup, don īt you?

You donīt like beef soup, do you?

30 Mar 2011     


if idthemagicman replied like that itīs because itīs correct guys!! Heīs a native speaker and also a teacher(or would be a professor ?) Nothing to declare anymore..... lol.

30 Mar 2011