14 ways to say "Yes" and "No" in English


Learn how the 'Yes' and 'no' words do not express all possible meanings in English.

But if you know how to replace these words with something more original, then this already speaks of your advanced level. Therefore, we decided to help you improve it in just a few minutes. We offer you 14 ways to say "Yes" and "No" in English.

So, how to avoid cold yes and no? These are the basic methods.

I say yes

Table 1. How to say "Yes" in English.


colloquial 'yes'


A way to say "yes" more forcefully

That's right

Used instead of "yes" to answer a question or confirm something

Of course / Sure

A decisive “yes” to a question or request

You bet

A way to say "yes" so to speak with enthusiasm

I guess so

A Way to Say Yes When You're Not Quite Sure

I'm afraid so

A way to say "yes" when your partner expects a "no" answer

Information is best remembered through examples with translation, so we offer several specific expressions.

  • 'Did you enjoy the film?' 'Yeah, it was really good.'
  • 'Are you coming to my party?' 'Definitely. I wouldn't miss it for anything.'
  • 'So you haven't seen your father since this morning?' 'That's right.'
  • 'Will you take a message if anyone calls while I'm out?' 'Of course/Sure.'
  • 'Are you looking forward to your trip to Scotland?' 'You bet!'
  • 'Will you be working late again tonight?' 'I guess so.'
  • 'Is it true that John and Sarah have split up?' 'I'm afraid so.'

We say "no"

Table 2. How to say "No" in English.

I'm afraid not

Polite "no"

Not really

Uncertain, uncertain "no"

I don't think so / Not as far as I know

Uncertain, uncertain "no"

Certainly not / Definitely not

A definite, definite "no"

Of course not

"No" with a hint of indignation or surprise

I couldn't / No thanks

Polite refusal of an offer

Not likely / No way

Colloquial expression for a confident "no"

You must be joking!

Colloquial expression of surprise and rejection at the same time

'Are you coming tonight?' 'I'm afraid not, I have to work.'

'Is there something special you'd like to do for your birthday?' 'Not really, I'd be happy to stay at home.'

'Has Mr Smith checked out of his hotel yet?' 'Not as far as I know, no.'

'Can I stay up to watch the film?' 'Certainly not, it's time you went to bed!'

'You didn't tell Paul what I said, did you?' 'Of course not, you're my friend!'

'Would you like some cake?' 'No thanks/I couldn't, I've just had a big lunch.'

'Are you going to apologize to them?' 'No way! It's all their fault!'

'Are you coming up the mountain with us, then?' 'You must be joking! I'm not going out in this weather.'