Is “You alright?” (without “are”) acceptable?

I’m having a hard time figuring out which is the correct form of asking this kind of question. I mean speaking strictly, this doesn’t sound right: You alright? or You eaten anything? compared to Are you alright? and Have you eaten anything?. So please enlighten me. Are those both forms correct or just something which … Read more

“Did you already…?” and “Have you already…?”

Is there any semantic difference between “Did you already” and “Have you already” questions? For example: 1a) Did you already do your homework? 1b) Have you already done your homework? 2a) Did you already draw that picture? 2b) Have you already drawn that picture? 3a) Did you already clean my room? 3b) Have you already … Read more

Does “Do you have some Chinese in you?” refer to parents or to interests?

“Do you have some Chinese in you?” This means, do you have some Chinese blood in your body because your parents or grandparents are Chinese? or do you have any interest in Chinese culture or spirits? Which meaning is true? Answer The first one. It’s important to note that this can be a personal/intrusive question … Read more

Is there a polite way to ask about one’s ethnicity? [closed]

Closed. This question is opinion-based. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it can be answered with facts and citations by editing this post. Closed 2 years ago. Improve this question Suppose I’m talking to a person who is an American citizen but obviously has some “Asian … Read more

Can we use “no” and then say an affirmative sentence to a yes/no question?

Take this question. Do you have two brothers? For short answers we can say” no,I don’t and for long answers we should say ” No I don’t have two brothers Can I answer “No, I have 3 brothers.” Answer Yes, you can say “no” whenever you disagree with any part of a question. These are … Read more

How to answer a negative question in English?

Q: “Don’t you know?” If I really don’t know, how should I respond to this question? Yes or No? There’s a similar question on EL&U, but the answer isn’t clear how it works: A confusion about answer yes and no to some complicated question Also here on ELU too: how-to-answer-a-negative-question-without-ambiguity These answers are confusing. I … Read more