politeness You use yes, usually followed by `but', as a polite way of introducing what you want to say when you disagree with something the previous speaker has just said. `She is entitled to her personal allowance which is three thousand pounds of income.' --- `Yes, but she doesn't earn any money.'
You use yes to tell someone that what they have said is correct. `Well I suppose it is based on the old lunar months isn't it.' --- `Yes that's right.' `That's a type of whitefly, is it?' --- `Yes, it is a whitefly.' no
Indicates the pipeline has on some part of its length a concrete coating This does not indicate that a coating will be present over the whole length of the pipeline E g This is generally used in the North Sea to help prevent the pipeline being snagged by fishing nets
feelings You can use yes to suggest that you do not believe or agree with what the previous speaker has said, especially when you want to express your annoyance about it. `There was no way to stop it.' --- `Oh yes? Well, here's something else you won't be able to stop.'
vagueness You say yes and no in reply to a question when you cannot give a definite answer, because in some ways the answer is yes and in other ways the answer is no. `Was it strange for you, going back after such a long absence?' --- `Yes and no.'. yeses yesses a vote, voter, or reply that agrees with an idea, plan, law etc
You use yes to say that a negative statement or question that the previous speaker has made is wrong or untrue. `That is not possible,' she said. `Oh, yes, it is!' Mrs Gruen insisted `I don't know what you're talking about.' --- `Yes, you do.'
You use yes to indicate that you agree with, accept, or understand what the previous speaker has said. `A lot of people find it very difficult indeed to give up smoking.' --- `Oh yes. I used to smoke nearly sixty a day.' `It's a fabulous opportunity.' --- `Yeah. I know.'
You use yes to show that you are ready or willing to speak to the person who wants to speak to you, for example when you are answering a telephone or a knock at your door. He pushed a button on the intercom. `Yes?' came a voice Yes, can I help you?
disapproval If you describe a man as a yes-man, you dislike the fact that he seems always to agree with people who have authority over him, in order to gain favour. yes-men someone who always agrees with and obeys their employer, leader etc in order to gain some advantage - used to show disapproval
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