Yes, I didn't - is it correct?
I am an ESL teacher and there is one question I need to ask.
A friend of mine says that the following is correct:
You didn’t wash the dishes.
Yes, I didn’t.
I don’t think he is right. Well, this is what they taught us at uni – short answers ‘yes, I did’ or ‘no, I didn’t’. I keep telling him it is incorrect, but he is pretty stubborn and it drives me mad!
Is your friend Japanese, by any chance? I'm an English teacher in Japan and in Japanese they would correctly answer 'Yes' to a negative question, meaning 'Yes, what you said is true' but it is definitely the opposite in English. You must answer 'no' to a negative question to agree with it.
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