Hello,

In ABC of Common Grammatical Errors (Nigel D Turton, MacMillan) there is this entry “yes” including two error examples:

She doesn’t like meat.’ — ‘Yes, she doesn’t.’
Yes, I don’t go running in my badminton shoes.

And they should be corrected, according to the book, as:

She doesn’t like meat.’ — ‘No, she doesn’t.’
No, I don’t go running in my badminton shoes.

The book explains:

When we want to confirm that a negative statement or belief is correct, we use no (NOT yes). ‘He can’t swim.’ ‘No, he can’t.’ (=I agree with you)“

But I remember I’ve watched TV dramas and films where native English speakers would say yes in similar situations to mean ‘You’re right’ or ‘I agree with you.’ So how do you understand this grammar rule? Is it counter-intuitive?  Is there an AmE or BrE difference?

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@Kinto posted:

Hi, is anyone interested in this question? In short, do you yourself say no in these situations?

Hi, Kinto—I agree with the grammar book you have cited that when choosing between "Yes, . . ." and "No, . . ." to begin confirmations of negative statements the better choice is "No." It is not as idiomatic to begin such confirmations with "Yes." Sometimes people do, though, just as people sometimes use an unidiomatic but perfectly logical preposition.

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