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Answering in the affirmative in Chinese

Posted by jckeith November 11, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

I'm ashamed to admit it, but this is something that still eludes me in Chinese. I'm aware that there is no "yes" (right?) in Chinese, but I'm still very confused about how to answer questions in the affirmative. I've seen a lot of conflicting information and examples with regards to 对 and 是的. Also, I've heard that it is appropriate to simply answer with a verb. For example, if someone asks "Do you have a car?", you can say "have" in reply. On the other hand, I've also heard that this is not appropriate. Any help would be appreciated.

P.S.: Is there a Qing Wen on this? If not, maybe there should be :)

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