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First answer is yes, and next answer is no: 李先生在吗? 在/不在 他是你的朋友吗? 是/不是 李先生很累吗? 累(This is shortest, but in real life people wouldn't answer like that)/不累(This is native.) 你要这张卡片吗? 要/不要 李先生有朋友吗? 有/没有 And using the 嗯 to make no answer is not the right way, people don't speak like that.


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Answering everything with: 嗯 is perfectly acceptable and can avoid having to have any sort of conversation!


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Don't know how much I can discover...and I'm not writing that strict rules. One can combine Ma with a negative sentence, and its answer is always reverse to the western logic. e.g. -你们还没吃饭吗? -不,吃了。/对,没吃。 Thus there are direct answers as simplified compound answers based on main verb. 是的/对/对的-不是/不对、 是的-(还)没有 、 有的-没有。 Note that 你吃了吗? is ...



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