Try These 5 Other Ways to Say Yes in English

A Simple Word to Say A Million Ways

Si! Vâng! Da! Yes! One of the first words you probably learned was the word “yes.” It is a simple and powerful word. And it is a very easy way to say that you agree with someone. “Yes.” It can also be said like “yeah”, or “yup” or even “okay” And when you are reading English it is easy to understand.

But in speech, there are many more ways to communicate agreement! Most English speakers don’t just say “yes”. They might say “Yes it does!” or “Oh yeah!” They might even say something strange like “No, yeah, I agree!” A lot will depend on a person’s voice, face, and what they are talking about.

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Native Speakers Use a Lot of Ways to Say Yes

There are lots of ways to say “yes” to someone. Native English speakers will use so many different ways it can be hard to know when to use them or when to just say “yes”!

You can improve your English skills by knowing more ways to say yes. Knowing other ways to say yes can help you recognize when other people agree with you, even if they don’t use the usual words for it. And it can help you feel confident when speaking to a native English speaker.

5 Ways to Say “Yes!” in English

Here are five new ways you can try to communicate agreement.

1. “Absolutely!”

When someone asks you to do something, you can respond “Absolutely!” It will show that you will do what they asked you to do, and that you are excited about it!

Boss: “Can you give me that report by 4 o’clock?”
Employee: “Absolutely! I’ll leave it on your desk.”

2. “Sounds good!”

If someone is suggesting a new idea, and you think it is a good solution, you can say “Sounds good!” This means that you agree with what they said, and you think that everything is good to go.

“What do you think about taking a break soon?”
“Sounds good! Where would you like to go?”

3. “Consider it done.”

If someone asks you to do something, you can respond “Consider it done.” This will inform the person that you can and will complete whatever task they are asking you to do. It tells them that they should not even worry about it, because when you are doing the job, it is basically already done.

“Will you bring the cake to the party?”
“Consider it done! When would you like me to arrive?”

4. “My thoughts exactly.”

When someone has said an opinion or given an idea that you totally agree with, you can respond “My thoughts exactly.” This tells them that you agree with what they said. But it also tells them you were also thinking the same thing!

“We should not continue using this business.”
“My thoughts exactly. They do not do good work.”

5. “That’s right!”

If someone is asking for confirmation, or looking for reassurance, you can respond to them and say, “That’s right!” This will tell them that they have the right idea, and that you both are on the same page.

“Are you seeing that client again tomorrow?”
“That’s right! We have a little more business to discuss.”

Try using one of these different ways to say “yes” next time you talk to someone.

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