Note that when
is placed at the
end of the clause
, it confirms news thatothers do not expect:
I don't suppose you've posted my letters, have you? ~ I have,
.Did you enjoy that modern opera at Covent Garden? ~ I did,
. Very much.
is more widely used as a discourse marker than
. As we cansee from the examples above and below it is very widely used to indicate that we areabout to say something. It is sometimes used to give the speaker more time tothink:
So how much do you want for your 1999 Renault? ~
, I was thinking of £2,500.So how do you propose to furnish the house? ~
, I thought we might invest insome second-hand furniture.
is also used to introduce a statement which indicates that expectations havenot been fulfilled:
You know I said I thought I might go skiing with Jamie this year?
, I'm not going to now.How was the tennis lesson? ~
, in actual fact, we forgot to go.
can also be used to soften corrections or criticism:
You live in South Kensington, don't you?
, Pimlico, actually.You do like my yellow dress, don't you? ~
, yes, it's quite nice. But I think theblue one would have suited you more.Why didn't you give Bob a lift back home? ~
, how was I supposed to know hewas at the match? I couldn't find my way to the music centre. ~
, why didn't you ask me?
can also serve to introduce important information:
You know I've been seeing a lot of Eddie lately? ~ Hmm. ~
, we're going to get engaged.
!If you say
, you are saying that you accept the situation as it is, even thoughyou are not very happy about it:
I'm afraid you'll have to pull out of the trip to Greece. ~
, it doesn't matter.I'm afraid I forget to save that document and now I've lost it. ~
, it can't behelped. I'll just have to re-type it.