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short answers



jccm
Portugal

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      



jojox
Indonesia

i think that should be "Yes i do."

30 Mar 2011     



Mariethe House
France

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     



Redbull
Thailand

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.

REDBULL GIVES YOU WINGS YOU KNOWWink.

30 Mar 2011     



dszilvi
Hungary

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

30 Mar 2011     



sp.watson
Thailand

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     



ldthemagicman
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.
 
Les
 

30 Mar 2011     



PhilipR
Thailand

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     



moravc
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     



kinho
Brazil

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