In this lesson, you will learn how to respond to what people say. When we have conversations, we usually show interest in what has been said or we want to agree with the other person.
Let's look at how you can do that in conversational English and how you can actually use very short responses to convey the information.
You can make short sentences by using adjectives.
It is used in spoken English to express pleasure or agreement.
Wow! That's amazing! | How amazing!
Note: 'Wow!' is an exclamation. We use it to express that we are very surprise or impressed by something.
When we want to show that we agree with someone or something, we use adverbs like absolutely, definitely and certainly. You can add 'Yes/Yeah, ...' if you wish.
In spoken English, we use 'absolutely' to show that we completely agree with someone.
You can use it in informal conversations to emphasise that there is no doubt about something.
In spoken English, we use 'certainly' to agree or to give permission to someone.
Note: In everyday English, people usually say of course or sure rather than certainly when they agree or give permission.
Using echo and reply questions is a good way of showing interest in conversations. We sometimes add oh and really.
In conversations people show interest and surprise by using echo questions. They repeat the surprising information in the statement with rising intonation.
Reply questions can also be used to express interest and surprise. They consist of auxiliary verbs and pronouns with rising intonation.
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