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Common Personal Questions
How old are you?
How much do you weigh?
How tall are you?
What is your height?
What size shoes do you wear?
Do you have a cell phone?
What’s your phone number?
What’s your cell phone number?
What’s your email address?
What’s your address?
Where do you live?
What neighborhood do you live in?
What’s your name?
What’s your last name?
Is that your real name?
Do you have a nickname?
What do your friends call you?
Does your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend have a pet name for you?
How old is your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend?
[ On publ ic transportati on:] Where are you going?
[ On publ ic transportati on:] Where are you getting off?
What’s your sign?
When is your birthday?
Where are you from?
Where were you born?
Where did you grow up?
Do you live with your parents?
Do you have roommates?
Do you live alone?
Which gym do you go to?
Do you take showers or baths?
How long do your showers last?
Do you have a webcam?
Where did you buy that dress?
What’s that scent you’re wearing?
Where did you get that tan?
What do you do on weekends?
Do you like to dance?


Do you know how to dance?
What dances do you know how to do?
How many pillows do you use?
Do you use an electric blanket?
What time do you get off work?
How do you get/come to work?
What are you doing this weekend?
Are you doing anything tonight?
Do you go to chat rooms?
Do you have a website?
Do you have a blog?
Do you have a MySpace page?
How much did that/it cost?
How much did that/it cost you?
How many rooms does your apartment/condo/house have?
Do you own your home?
What kind of car do you have?
Do you have a vacation home?
Do you have a second home?
Do you work?
What do you do?
What do you do for a living?
What kind of work do you do?
Where do you work?
What does your husband/wife do?
What does your father/mother do?
What was your father’s occupation?
Was your mother a housewife?
Do you have a lawyer?
Who is your lawyer?
Do you have an accountant do your income tax?
Do you have someone clean your house?
Do you have a maid?
Do you have a nanny?
Do you have an au pair?
Do you take taxis?
Are you well off?
Are you rich?
How rich are you?
Is your family rich?


How much do you make?
What’s your salary?
How much income tax did you pay last year?
How much did you get for your house?
How much did you pay for your house?
What’s your rent?
How much is your mortgage?
How much of your mortgage is already paid off?
When will your mortgage be all paid off?
Do you have a pension plan?
Are you saving money?
How much cash do you carry around?
How much cash do you keep at home?
How much money do you have in the bank?
How much money do you have?
Do you invest in the sttock market?
What’s your net worth?
What’s your crredit card limit?
How much money do you owe?
Which people do you owe money to?
Who is your landlord?
Do you have liability insurance?
How much liability insurance do you have?
Are you independentlly wealthy?
How much money did you inherit from your parents?
How much money did you inherit from your husband/wife?
What’s your password?
What’s your house’s burglar alarm code?
How many email addresses do you have?
Do you have/keep a journal?
Do you have/keep a diary?
Do you tell your passwords to your wife/husband?
Do you trust your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend?
Who wears the pants in your relationship?
Who wears the pants in your family?
Who makes the decisions in your family?
Who is the boss in your house?
Do you have children?
Do you have a dog?
Do you have a cat?


Do you have any pets?
How many brothers and sisters do you have?
What do you look for in a mate?
Are you currently looking for a relationship?
Do you want to get married?
Do you ever want to get married?
Are you in a relationship?
Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
Are you married?
Are you still married?
Are you divorced?
How long have you been divorced?
Why did you get divorced?
Who broke up with who?
Are things civil between you and your ex?
What does your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend do that annoys you?
Is your wife the only woman you’ve proposed to?
When are you two going to get married?
When are you going to start having children?
Why aren’t you married?
Why don’t you have children?
Are you pregnant?
Have you ever been pregnant?
Have you ever thought you were pregnant?
Did you plan this pregnancy?
Who’s the father?
Have you ever had an abortion?
What method of birth control do you use?
Are you trying to get pregnant?
[To a mother of twi ns:] Did you take fertility drugs?
When was your first kiss?
Who was the first person you ever kissed?
Who was your first kiss?
How old were you when you lost your virginity?
Are you a virgin?
Do you kiss on the first date?
Have you slept with him/her yet?
How often do you have sex?
Have you ever been attracted to someone of your own sex?
Are you gay?


Have you ever dated a black/a white?
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Have you ever responded to a personal ad?
Have you ever placed a personal ad?
Have you ever found someone through a personal ad?
Have you ever had a relationship with someone you met on the Internet?
Have you ever used an online dating service?
Did you marry for love?
Do you love your husband/wife?
Do you still love your husband/wife?
Are you still attracted to your husband/wife?
Do you still want to marry [the person you are engaged to]?
Do you wish you were still single?
Are you happily married?
Do you have a good marriage?
Do you want to get divorced?
Do you want to break up with your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife?
Do you still have feelings for your ex-husband/ex-wife/ex-boyfriend/ex-
girlfriend?
Are you on the rebound?
Did you have sex before marriage?
Have you ever cheated on your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend?
Have you ever been cheated on?
Have you ever had two boyfriends/girlfriends at the same time?
Have you ever been in ove with more than one person at the same time?
Have you ever been in a threesome?
How many sex partners have you had?
Have you ever had a one-night stand?
Have you ever tried to steal someone’s boyfriend/girlfriend?
Have you ever tried to steal someone’s husband/wife?
Do you like to make your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend jealous?
Are you a jealous person?
Do you have more male or female friends?
Are you in love with [a specified person]?
Are you in love with anyone?
Are you in love with someone?
Do you have a crush on someone?
Do you have a crush on anyone?
Do you have a crush on me?
Are you attracted to me?


Do you think I’m attractive?
Do you find me attractive?
Am I your type?
Is [a specified person] your type?
What’s your type?
Who gave you that hickey?
Do you like sex?
Do you have a good sex life?
How is your sex life?
Have you ever been to a prostitute?
Have you ever paid for sex?
Have you ever had sex for money?
How do you feel about sex?
Have you ever been sexually abused?
Have you ever been raped?
Do you go to porn websites?
Do you go to strip clubs?
How often do you play with yourself?
How often do you masturbate?
Are there ever times you’d rather masturbate than have sex?
Have you ever had plastic surgery?
Have you ever had a facelift?
Is that your hair’s natural color?
What color is your hair really?
Are you wearing contacts?
Are those your real eyes?
Are those your real lashes?
Are those your real breasts?
Are those your real teeth?
Are those your real nails?
Do you have any health conditions?
What medicines do you take?
Do you have any STD’s/sexually transmitted diseases?
Have you ever had major surgery?
What’s your blood type?
Do you get carsick?
Do you get hot flashes?
What’s your prognosis?
What’s your worst fear?
Are you afraid of the dark?


Do you have any phobias?
Are you afraid of dying?
Do you want to be buried or cremated?
Do you talk to yourself?
Do you ever talk to yourself?
Have you ever talked to yourself?
Have you ever been in therapy?
Have you ever been depressed for a long time?
Have you ever thought you might be insane?
Have you ever thought you might be going insane?
Have you ever wished you hadn’t been born?
Have you ever wanted to die?
Have you ever thought of suicide?
Have you ever wanted to kill yourself?
Is there any mental illness in your family?
How often do you have a drink?
Have you ever smoked marijuana?
Have you ever thrown up from drinking?
Have you ever used drugs?
Do you use drugs?
Do you use any drugs?
Do you smoke?
Why do you like to smoke?
What do you get out of smoking?
Do you gamble?
How often do you gamble?
Do you play the lottery?
How often do you play the lottery?
Do you buy lottery tickets?
How often do you buy a lottery ticket?
Have you ever bought a lottery ticket?
Have you ever been to Las Vegas?
Are you successful?
Are you a successful person?
Are you a winner or a loser?
Has life been good to you?
Are you satisfied with your life?
Are you satisfied with life?
What do you want in/out of/from life?
Do you enjoy life?


Do you like life?
Do you like your life?
Do you think life is good?
Are you a happy person?
Do you have a lot of friends?
How many friends do you have?
Do you have close friends?
Do you have a lot of close friends?
Who is your best friend?
Do you have a best friend?
Who do you tell your secrets to?
Who do you confide in?
Who knows you best?
Are you my friend?
Do you consider me a friend?
Do you like me?
Do you not like me?
Do you not like me anymore?
Do you dislike me?
Why do you dislike me?
Why do you dislike me so much?
What do you have against me?
What do you think of/about me?
How do you feel about me?
Do you think I’m a good person?
Do you like [a specified person]?
Do you not like [a specified person] anymore?
Do you dislike [a specified person]?
Why do you dislike [a specified person]?
What do you have against [a specified person]?
What do you think of/about [a specified person]?
How do you feel about [a specified person]?
Do you think [a specified person] is a good person?
Do you like yourself?
Do you not like yourself?
Do you dislike yourself?
Why don’t you like yourself?
How do you feel about yourself?
Do you feel good about yourself?
Do you think you’re smart?


Are you good at math?
Do you like the way you look?
Do you think you’re attractive?
Were you popular in high school?
Do you care what other people think of you?
What are you proud of?
What are you proudest of?
Do you think you’re a good person?
Do you believe in yourself?
How often do you look in the mirror?
How often do you weigh yourself?
Are you on a diet?
Are you trying to lose weight?
Have you put on/gained weight?
Have you put on/gained some weight?
Have you put on/gained a little weight?
Have you put on/gained any weight?
Have you lost weight?
Have you lost some weight?
Have you lost a little weight?
Have you lost any weight?
Do you work out?
How often do you work out?
Do you do exercise?
How often do you do exercise?
Can you touch your toes without bending your knees?
Can you swim?
Do you like sports?
What sports do you like?
Are you good at sports?
Are you athletic?
What sports do you play/do?
What sports are you good at?
What is your win-loss record?
What games do you like?
What games do you play?
Do you know how to change a tire?
Can you play an instrument?
How many fingers do you type with?
Do you type with two fingers?


Do you look at the keyboard when you type?
Do you know how to cook?
Do you brush your teeth before you go to bed?
Do you floss your teeth?
Do you watch your diet?
Do you watch what you eat?
Do you eat whatever you want?
How much junk food do you eat?
How often do you eat fast food?
Do you chew gum?
Do you eat meat?
Are you a vegetarian?
Do you eat organic foods?
Do you eat organic?
Do you take vitamins?
Do you use a laxative?
What deodorant do you use?
How often do you take a shower?
Do you pick your nose?
How often do you do laundry?
How often do you vacuum?
Do you have any bad habits?
What are your bad habits?
What’s your worst habit?
What time do you go to bed usually?
How many hours of sleep do you usually get?
Do you lock your door at night?
Do you snore?
Does your wife/husband snore?
Is that a birthmark?
Were you born with that/this?
What is that/this mark on your face/nose?
What is that/this bump on your face/nose?
What is that/this thing on your face/nose?
What is that/this mark on your shirt/pants?
What is that/this crud/goo on your shirt/pants?
What is that/this thing on your shirt/pants?
Do you have any tattoos?
Do you have an innie or an outie?
Were you adopted?


How do you feel about being adopted?
Were you an accident?
Are your parents still together?
Are your parents still alive?
How old were you when your parents died?
How often do you visit your mother?
How often do you call your mother?
Are your parents proud of you?
Are you proud of your parents?
Do you respect your parents?
Are you ashamed of your parents?
Are you embarrassed by your parents?
Does your parents’ accent make you uncomfortable?
Are your parents ashamed of you?
Do you ever lie to your parents?
Do you lie to your parents?
Do you ever lie to your wife/husband?
Do you lie to your wife/husband?
Do you ever lie to your children?
Do you lie to your children?
How do you get along with your parents?
Do you get along with your parents?
Do you like your parents?
Are you close to your parents?
How do you get along with your children?
Which of your children do you love the most?
Which of your children do you love the least?
How do you get along with your brother/sister?
Do you get along with your brother/sister?
How do you get along with your boss?
Do you get along with your boss?
Do you like your boss?
Do you get along with your co-workers?
How do you like your job?
Do you like your job?
Do you enjoy your work?
When are you going to retire?
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
What’s the first thing you do after going to the bathroom when you get up?
How long does it take you to put on your makeup?


Do you wear boxer shorts or briefs?
Do you wear pajamas?
Do you sleep naked?
Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?
Are you a righty or a lefty?
Are you a lefty?
Are you left-handed?
What makes you really happy?
What makes you really angry?
What makes you laugh?
Who do you love the most?
Who are your heroes?
Who is your hero?
Who are your role models?
Who is your role model?
Who has inspired you?
Are you romantic?
Are you active in your community?
Are you active in the community?
Are you active in politics?
Are you politically active?
Are you interested in politics?
Do you care about politics?
Are you a Democrat or a Republican?
Who did you vote for?
Who are you voting for?
Did you vote?
Do you vote?
How do you feel about the election results?
Do you think the President is doing a good job?
Do you trust the government?
Are you for or against capital punishment?
Do you believe in an eye for an eye?
What do you think of gun control?
Do you own a gun?
Do you like guns?
What do you think about sex before marriage?
How do you feel about sex education?
Do you think abortion should be legal?
Are you a feminist?


Do you support affirmative action?
How do you feel about blacks?
How do you feel about whites?
How do you feel about Jews?
How do you feel about [a specified immigrant group]?
How do you feel about immigrants?
How do you feel about immigration?
What ethnic group(s) are you from?
Have you ever used a racial epithet?
How do you feel about interracial marriage?
How do you feel about gays?
How do you feel about lesbians?
How do you feel about homosexuality?
How do you feel about same-sex marriage?
Do you believe in evolution?
Do you believe in creationism?
Do you think the U.S. should get out of Iraq?
Were you against the war in Vietnam?
Do you think it was right to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Were you ever a Communist?
Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?
Are you patriotic?
How patriotic are you?
Do you love your country?
Do you love this country?
How much do you love your country?
Would you fight for your country?
Do you like the teacher?
What do you think of the boss?
Whose side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Are you Christian?
Are you Jewish?
What’s your religion?
Do you pray?
Do you meditate?
Do you do yoga?
Do you read the Bible?
Do you go to church?
How often do you go to church?


Where do you go to church?
What church do you go to?
Are you religious?
How religious are you?
Are you spiritual?
Are you born again?
Do you believe in sin?
Do you believe in right and wrong?
Do you think people are basically good?
Do you believe that some people are just plain evil?
Do you believe in the existence of evil?
Are you a believer?
Do you have faith?
Are you an atheist?
Do you believe in God?
Do you believe in hell?
Do you believe in heaven?
Do you believe in life after death?
Do you believe in the afterlife?
Do you believe in reincarnation?
Do you believe in angels?
Do you believe in miracles?
Do you believe in spirits?
Do you believe in ghosts?
Do you believe in Jesus?
Do you believe in the Resurrection?
Do you believe in the Immaculate Conception?
Do you believe in the Devil?
Do you believe in astrology?
Do you believe in your horoscope?
Do you read your horoscope?
Do you believe in magic?
Do you believe in luck?
Do you believe in fate?
Do you believe in destiny?
Do you believe in fortune telling?
Do you believe in ESP?
Do you believe in psychics?
Do you believe in signs?
Do you believe in science?


What do you believe in?
Are you superstitious?
What do you do in your spare time?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What do you spend money on?
What do you spend a lot of money on?
How much time do you spend playing video games?
Do you watch a lot of TV?
How many hours a week do you watch TV?
Do you watch the news?
Do you watch soap operas?
Do you watch cartoons?
What TV shows do you watch?
Do you like scary movies?
Do you watch foreign films?
Do you like foreign films?
What kind of music do you like?
Do you like opera?
Do you like ballet?
Do you go to museums?
Do you read poetry?
Do you like poetry?
What magazines do you read?
Do you read a newspaper?
Do you keep up with current events?
Do you read much?
Do you read?
What kind of books do you read?
What was the last book you read?
How much time do you spend on the Internet?
How often do you go shopping for clothes?
How often do you eat out?
Do you go hunting?
Are you a big tipper?
Are you a good tipper?
How much do you tip?
Are you cheap?
Are you selfish?
Are you a selfish person?
How selfish are you?


Are you generous?
Are you a generous person?
How generous are you?
Do you ever give money to beggars?
What charities do you give to?
Do you give charity?
Do you volunteer?
Have you ever been on food stamps?
Have you ever been on welfare?
Are you on food stamps?
Are you on welfare?
Do you always answer the phone when it rings?
Do you screen your phone calls?
Do you have caller ID?
What organizations do you belong to?
Where do your children go to school?
What school did you go to?
Did you go to private school?
Did you go to prep school?
What was your GPA in college?
Was the college you went to your first choice?
Did you finish college?
Did you graduate from college?
Did you go to college?
What was your score on the SAT’s?
What was your score on the test?
Have you ever failed a class?
What’s your IQ?
Do you litter?
Have you ever stolen anything?
Have you ever shoplifted?
Have you ever been in an auto accident?
Have you ever caused an auto accident?
Have you ever driven drunk?
Do you drive fast?
Do you speed?
Have you ever been fired?
Have you ever done anything illegal?
Have you ever committed a crime?
Have you ever been arrested?


Have you ever been convicted of a crime?
Have you ever been in jail?
How long were you in jail?
What were you in jail for?
Has anyone in your family ever been in jail?
Have you ever cheated on your taxes?
Do you cheat on your taxes?
Have you ever been sued?
Have you ever sued anyone?
Have you ever been in any legal trouble?
Have you ever wanted to kill someone?
Have you ever wished someone dead?
Do you hate anyone?
Is there anyone you hate?
Who do you hate the most?
Are you afraid of anyone?
Who are you afraid of?
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
What’s the stupidest thing you ever did?
What was the biggest mistake you ever made?
What was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you?
Have you ever been the victim of a crime?
Have you ever been beaten up?
What do you regret most?
Have you ever made someone cry?
Have you ever hit your kids?
Have you ever hit your wife?
Do you hit your kids?
Do you hit your wife?
Do you believe in spanking children?
Do you have any serious problems?
What’s your biggest problem?
Are you having problems/a problem?
Are you having problems/a problem at work?
Are you having problems/a problem at home?
Are you having problems/a problem with your husband/wife/boyfriend/
girlfriend?
Are you having problems/a problem with [a specified person]?
Are you having problems/a problem with [a specified thing]?
Are you OK?


Are you feeling OK?
Are you all right?
Are you feeling all right?
Is something bothering you?
Is something the matter?
What’s bothering you?
What’s the matter?
Is something wrong?
Is something wrong with you?
What’s wrong?
Do you have to go to the bathroom?
Do you want to go to the bathroom?
When was the last time you…
…worked out?
…washed your hair?
…took a shower?
…brushed your teeth?
…washed this shirt?
…went to church?
…read a book?
…cried?
…had a good hard laugh?
…had sex?
…had a date?
Who were you on the phone with when I called?
Who was that I saw you with last night?
Are you sad?
Are you shy?
What are you thinking?
What are you thinking about?
What’s on your mind?
What really happened?
What really happened that day/night?
What really happened [a specified time]?
What did s/he say?
What did you tell him/her?
Is this something you do often?
Is this your usual?
What kind of person are you?
Who are you?


How do you answer personal questions?
Stock Replies to Personal Questions
The short list, which is excerpted from the long list that follows it, is 32
replies all or most of which I recommend teaching to non-native speakers of
English who haven’t yet learned how personal questions are replied to-- because
they are very common and reply exclusively, mainly or particularly to personal
questions.
In both the short and long list, the order of the listing of the replies is
according to how welcome the question was.
Mind your own business.
It’s/That’s none of your business.
Who wants to know?
Wouldn’t you like to know?
That’s nobody’s business.
Why should I tell you?
What’s it to you?
That’s my business.
That’s between me and [a specified person].
No personal questions, please.
That’s private.
That’s a little private, don’t you think?
That’s a little private.
That’s a little personal, don’t you think?
That’s personal.
That’s a personal question.
That’s a little personal.
That’s not something I talk about.
I’d rather not say.
Why would you ask such a thing?
You don’t need to know.
That’s better left unsaid.
Why do you want to know?
Why do you ask?


No comment.
It’s a long story.
If you really must know--
Do you know how to keep a secret?
Don’t tell this to anyone.
This is between us.
Between you and me--
I thought you’d never ask.
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The above 32 replies are typed in UPPER-CASE LETTERS in the following list.
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Shut your big mouth.
That’s enough out of you.
Go to hell.
Shut your mouth.
None of your ____ing business.
Why don’t you just shut up?
Just shut up, will you?
Just shut up.
Why don’t you shut up?
Shut up, will you?
Will you shut up?
Shut up.
Keep your mouth shut.
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For each of the stock replies that is a hostile command (except the ones whose
verb is negated), there are six other common versions of it that are meant as
members of this list though they aren’t typed out here (because typing them
out would clutter the list with about two hundred additional replies):
the command preceded by “Will you,” preceded by “Just,” preceded by “Why
don’t you,” preceded by “Why don’t you just,” followed by “, will you?” and
preceded by “Just” and also followed by “, will you?”
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Who the hell do you think you are?
Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?
This conversation has gone on long enough.
Do you know what happened to the last person who asked me that?
Do you know what happens to people who ask too many questions?
What gall!
How dare you!


How dare you even think of asking me that!
How dare you ask me that!
Who do you think you are?
Don’t you have anything better to do than go around asking such [adjective]
questions?
Don’t you have anything better to do than ask such a [adjective] question?
MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.
None of your goddam business.
None of your damn business.
Watch it, buster.
Watch it, buddy.
Back off.
Watch your mouth.
Keep out.
Lay off.
Butt out.
Butt out of it.
Buzz off.
Get lost.
Damn it.
Can it.
Put a sock in it.
Where do you get off asking a question like that?
Where do you get the nerve to ask me that question?
What in hell?!
What the hell?!
What the hell kind of question is/was that?
How the hell do you expect me to answer that?
How the hell am I supposed to answer that?
What the hell did you just say?
You’re the last person I’d tell.
Who are you to ask me that?
Have you ever heard of privacy?
Have you ever heard of manners?
Do you have any manners at all?
Do you have any manners?
Is that what you call manners?
Where are your manners?
Watch your manners.
Mind your manners.


As if it’s any of your business.
As if it were any of your business.
As if it was any of your business. [ non-standard grammar]
I’ll thank you to mind your own business.
That’s no business of yours.
None of your bees-wax.
None of your business.
That’s not/It’s not/That isn’t/It isn’t any of your business.
IT’S/THAT’S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.
That’s for me to know and for you to find out.
Who do you think you’re talking to?
Why should I tell you anything?
Didn’t your mother ever tell you it’s rude to ask personal questions?
I’m shocked that you would ask such a question.
I’m not going to sit here and be insulted by you.
I’m not going to sit here and listen to that.
I’m not going to sit here and listen to that [a specified noun].
I’m not going to sit here and listen to that [a specified adjective and noun].
The nerve of you!
You have a lot of nerve.
You have a lot of nerve asking that question.
Keep quiet.
That’s/That was enough.
That does it.
[ maybe not stock:] What gives you the right to ask me that question?
You have no right to ask me that question.
You have no right to ask me that.
Drop it.
Drop the subject.
Keep your questions to yourself.
I’ll thank you to keep your questions to yourself.
[ maybe not stock:] If you have any personal questions, keep them to
yourself.
Is nothing private to you?
What nerve!
Keep your nose out of it.
Keep your nose out of my business.
Keep your nose out of other people’s business.
Don’t go poking your nose into other people’s business.
Don’t go sticking your nose into other people’s business.


Don’t poke your nose into other people’s business.
Don’t stick your nose into other people’s business.
Don’t go nosing around.
Don’t go nosing around in [a specified territory].
Be careful what questions you ask.
I don’t have to answer to you.
I can’t believe you asked that.
WHO WANTS TO KNOW?
Who put you up to this?
Did someone put you up to this?
I’m the one who asks the questions around here.
I’m the one who asks the questions here.
I’m the one who asks the questions.
WOULDN’T YOU LIKE TO KNOW?
What else would you like to know?
Aren’t you just dying to know?
Aren’t you dying to know?
What are you going to do with that information?
You’d really like to know, wouldn’t you?
You really want to know, don't you?
You’re a big mouth.
You have a big mouth.
You talk too much.
You don’t know how to keep a secret.
One more word out of you, and--
One more question like that out of you, and--
One more question out of you, and--
You ask me one more question like that, and--
You ask me one more question, and--
One more word out of you--
One more question like that out of you--
One more question out of you--
If you ask me one more question like that--
If you ask me one more question--
Like I’d ever tell you. [ non-standard grammar]
Yeah, right, like I’d/I would tell you. [ non-standard grammar]
Yeah, like I’d/I would tell you. [ non-standard grammar]
Like I’d/I would tell you. [ non-standard grammar]
Like I’d/I would tell you that. [ non-standard grammar]
As if I’d/I would tell you.


Do you think I’d/I would tell you?
Who’s asking?
Cut it/that out.
Stop that.
Stop.
Stop it.
Get a life.
Knock it off.
Bite your tongue.
Leave me alone.
Do you realize what you just said?
Do you realize what you’ve just said?
What?!
What did you just say?!
What was that?
THAT’S NOBODY’S BUSINESS.
That’s nobody’s business but my own.
That’s nobody’s business but mine.
That’s not/That isn’t your business.
[ not stock:] Have people you’ve known felt entitled to ask you such a
question?
Don’t be a busybody.
[ not stock:] Why do you feel comfortable asking me such a question?
What are you-- my priest?
What are you-- my shrink?
What are you-- my therapist?
What are you-- my mother?
What are you-- my father?
What are you-- the census?
Who are you-- my mother?
Who are you-- my father?
What is this-- the Spanish Inquisition?
What is this-- an inquisition?
What is this-- a cross-examination?
Is this a fishing expedition?
Do you always ask such [adjective] questions?
Do you always ask questions like that?
Stop giving me the third degree.
Quit giving me the third degree.
Why are you giving me the third degree?


Don’t be fresh.
What’s the matter with you?
That’s/That was a rude question.
[ maybe not stock:] It’s rude of you to ask that.
I find that question offensive.
That’s/That was intrusive.
Don’t ask me that question again.
That’s/That was a stupid question.
That’s/That was a ridiculous question.
That’s/That was a pointless question.
I don’t see the point in/of answering that question.
I don’t see why I should answer that question.
Do you mind?!
Cool it.
Hold it right there.
Just a minute!
Wait a minute!
[ not stock:] You seem to think you have the right to ask me that question.
[ not stock:] How would you like it if someone asked you that question?
[ not stock:] How would you like it if I asked you that question?
[ not stock:] How would you like being asked that question?
I don’t trust you.
I can’t trust you.
I don’t trust you enough.
I don’t trust you enough to tell.
I don’t trust you enough to tell you.
I don’t trust you enough to tell you that.
WHY SHOULD I TELL YOU?
Why would I tell you?
Why should I tell you that?
Why would I tell you that?
Tell me why I should answer that.
I don’t think I should answer that.
I don’t think I should answer that question.
You’re over the line.
You’re going too far.
Now you’re going too far.
That’s going too far.
Now that’s going too far.
That’s crossing the line.


Now that’s crossing the line.
You’re overstepping.
That’s overstepping.
You’re pushing it/pushin’ it.
Now you’re pushing it/pushin’ it.
I’m not going to dignify that with a response.
That’s/That was an unfair question.
That’s/That was a loaded question.
Do you still beat your wife?
Are you still beating your wife?
[ maybe not stock:] I don’t appreciate being asked that question.
[ not stock:] That question assumes/assumed a level of intimacy that doesn’t
exist here.
[ not stock:] That question assumes/assumed a level of familiarity that
doesn’t exist here.
That’s/That was a very personal question.
Don’t be so nosy.
Don’t be nosy.
Excuse ME!
WHAT’S IT TO YOU?
Don’t ask personal questions.
Don’t ask me any personal questions.
Don’t ask me personal questions.
That’s no concern of yours.
You can’t ask me that.
You can’t ask me that question.
That’s not a concern of yours.
THAT’S MY BUSINESS.
The last person who asked me that question--
[ maybe not stock:] The last time someone asked me that question--
How could you ask me that question?
How can you ask me that question?
[ maybe not stock:] Go ask someone else that question.
[ maybe not stock:] Ask someone else that question.
Is nothing private?
That’s/That was an inappropriate question.
How many times do I have to tell you?
How many times have I told you?
You think you’re going to get that out of me?
Do you think you’re going to get that out of me?
You’ll never get that out of me.


You’re not getting anything out of me.
Try and get that out of me.
You’re not getting that out of me.
You won’t get that out of me.
You’re not going to get that out of me.
You’re not going to pry that out of me.
You’ll have to force that out of me.
Wild horses wouldn’t/couldn’t get/drag that out of me.
I wouldn’t tell you that in a million years.
You can’t make me tell.
You can’t make me tell you.
You can’t make me answer that.
I ain’t got to tell you s__t. [ non-standard grammar]
I don’t have to tell you jack s__t.
I don’t have to tell you s__t.
I ain’t telling you jack s__t. [ non-standard grammar]
I ain’t telling you s__t. [ non-standard grammar]
I don’t have to tell you jack.
I don’t have to tell you nothing. [ non-standard grammar]
I don’t got to tell you nothing. [ non-standard grammar]
I’m not telling you nothing. [ non-standard grammar]
I don’t have to tell you anything.
I’m not telling you anything.
I refuse to answer such a [a specified adjective] question.
You’ll have to squeeze that out of me.
Like you need to know. [ non-standard grammar]
As if you needed to know.
As if you need to know.
What did you just say?
I’m going to pretend I didn’t hear that question.
I didn’t hear that.
I didn’t hear that question.
I wouldn’t go there if I were you.
Don’t go there.
Was that your idea of a joke?
Was that some kind of joke?
If you think that I’m going to answer that--
Do you think I’m about to tell you [the specified unknown information]?
You don’t expect me to answer that, do you?
You don’t really expect me to answer that, do you?


You don’t mean for me to answer that, do you?
If I wanted you to know, I would have told you.
If I wanted you to know, I would have already told you.
Do you have a problem with that?
I don’t have to answer that question.
I’m not telling.
I’m not telling you.
I’m not about to tell you [the specified unknown information].
I wouldn’t tell you if you paid me.
I’m not going to answer that question.
I won’t tell you.
I’m not going to tell you.
I’m not going to say.
Exactly why do you need to know that?
[ maybe not stock:] And you need to know that because--
Do you expect me to answer that?
Do you expect me to answer that question?
Do you really expect me to answer that?
Am I supposed to answer that?
How do you expect me to answer that?
How am I supposed to answer that?
Don’t.
You’re putting me up against the wall.
You’re putting my back up against the wall.
You’re putting my back to the wall.
You’re backing me into a corner.
You’re backing me into a corner here.
You’re putting me on the spot.
You’re putting me on the spot here.
Ooh.
Is/Was that an innuendo?
What are you trying to prove?
What are you trying to say?
Are you trying to say something?
What are you implying?
Are you trying to imply something?
What are you getting at?
What are you getting at there?
What are you getting at here?
Where did that come from?


Where did that question come from?
Where does that come from?
Where does that question come from?
Where is that coming from?
Where is that question coming from?
What’s with all these questions?
What’s with these questions?
Watch your P’s and Q’s.
Mind your P’s and Q’s.
You’re forgetting your manners.
Let’s not forget our manners.
[ not stock:] Has it occurred to you that such a question could make another
person uncomfortable?
Did you just say what I think you said?
Did I just hear what I think I heard?
Did I hear you right?
What’s it worth to you?
I don’t give that information away for free.
Is that all you want to know?
Is that all you wanted to know?
Is there anything else you want to know about me?
Is there anything else you want to know?
Is there anything else you wanted to know?
Was there anything else you wanted to know?
THAT’S BETWEEN ME AND [A SPECIFIED PERSON].
[ maybe not stock:] I didn’t know we were that intimate.
What do you care?
Why do you care?
What do you care [the specified unknown information]?
Why do you care [the specified unknown information]?
NO PERSONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE.
Please, no personal questions.
Why?
[ not stock:] That’s something I might talk about with a close friend.
[ not stock:] That’s something I would talk about with a close friend.
[ not stock:] That’s something I could talk about with a close friend.
A little forward, don’t you think?
That’s/That was being a little forward, don’t you think?
That’s/That was a little forward, don’t you think?
That’s/That was a little forward.


That’s off-limits.
That’s a private matter.
THAT’S PRIVATE.
THAT’S A LITTLE PRIVATE, DON’T YOU THINK?
THAT’S A LITTLE PRIVATE.
You’re getting a little too personal.
You’re getting personal.
Now you’re getting personal.
You’re getting a little personal.
You’re getting a little personal here.
Now that’s getting personal.
That’s getting personal.
That’s rather personal.
THAT’S A LITTLE PERSONAL, DON’T YOU THINK?
Don’t you think that’s a little personal?
THAT’S PERSONAL.
THAT’S A PERSONAL QUESTION.
I don’t answer personal questions.
THAT’S A LITTLE PERSONAL.
That’s kind of personal.
That’s not for anyone to know.
No one needs to know.
That’s confidential.
That’s classified.
That’s classified information.
That’s classified info.
[ not stock:] I give that information out on a need-to-know basis.
[ not stock:] I give that information out strictly on a need-to-know basis.
[ not stock:] I don’t think you should be privy to that information.
I wouldn’t touch that with a ten-foot pole.
I wouldn’t touch that one with a ten-foot pole.
That’s a touchy subject.
[ not stock:] Where do you draw the line on asking personal questions?
That’s a secret.
That’s my secret.
We’d better not talk about that.
I’d better not talk about that.
I’m a private person.
I don’t gossip about myself.
You’d like all the juicy details, wouldn’t you?


Why are you always asking questions like that?
Why are you always asking questions?
Why do you always ask questions like that?
Why do you always ask questions?
Why do you like to ask so many questions?
Why do you ask so many questions?
Why do you like to ask questions like that?
Why do you like to ask questions?
Why do you like asking questions?
You’re always asking questions like that, aren’t you?
You’re always asking questions, aren’t you?
You always ask questions like that, don’t you?
You always ask questions, don’t you?
You like to ask a lot of questions, don’t you?
You like asking a lot of questions, don’t you?
You ask a lot of questions, don’t you?
You like to ask questions like that, don’t you?
You like to ask questions, don’t you?
Are you always asking questions like that?
Are you always asking questions?
Do you always ask questions like that?
Do you always ask questions?
Do you always ask so many questions?
Do you like asking so many questions?
You’re always asking questions like that.
You’re always asking questions.
You always ask questions like that.
You always ask questions.
You like to ask a lot of questions.
You ask a lot of questions like that.
You ask a lot of questions.
You like asking questions like that.
You like asking questions.
You like to ask questions like that.
You like to ask questions.
You seem to always be asking questions like that.
You seem to always be asking questions.
You seem to ask questions like that all the time.
You seem to ask questions all the time.
You seem to like asking a lot of questions.


You seem to ask a lot of questions like that.
You seem to ask a lot of questions.
You seem to like asking questions like that.
You seem to like asking questions.
You seem to like to ask questions like that.
You seem to like to ask questions.
I’m not going there.
Let’s not go there.
Some things are personal.
Some things are private.
Is nothing private anymore?
[ not stock:] My life is an open book, but don’t expect me to read it to you.
I’m not comfortable discussing that.
I don’t feel like answering that question.
I don’t discuss my personal life.
I don’t discuss my personal life at work.
I don’t discuss my personal life with strangers.
I don’t discuss my personal life with students.
I don’t discuss my personal life with [another specified category of people].
I never talk about that.
I’ve never told anyone that.
I’ve never told that to anyone.
I’ve never told anyone.
I’ve never told anyone about that.
I keep that to myself.
That’s not a discussion topic.
That’s not a topic for discussion.
We don’t discuss that.
We don’t talk about that.
I don’t discuss that.
I don’t talk about that.
That’s not something we talk about.
THAT’S NOT SOMETHING I TALK ABOUT.
I don’t usually talk about that.
I’ll keep that under my hat.
That was/That’s a joke, right?
I assume that was a joke.
Was that a joke?
Do we have to go through that again?
Haven’t we been through that enough already?


Haven’t we been through that enough?
Haven’t we been through that already?
Haven’t we been through that?
Haven’t we been through that before?
Don’t make me tell you.
Must we go into that?
Not that again!
Oh, no, not that again!
Do you really want me to answer that question?
Do you want me to answer that question?
Was/Is that for real?
Are you for real?
Are you serious?
Are you kidding?
Are you joking?
Did you actually mean that?
Did you really mean that?
Did you mean that?
Wow.
Whoa.
That’s a whopper.
I’d really rather not get into that.
I’d rather not get into that.
Let’s not get into that again.
Let’s not get into that.
Let’s drop the subject.
Let’s change the subject.
I don’t want to talk about that/it.
I don’t want to talk about that/it right now.
I don’t feel like talking about that/it.
I don’t feel like talking about that/it right now.
The walls have ears.
Loose lips sink ships.
Curiosity killed the cat.
Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.
Silence is golden.
Ignorance is bliss.
Does Macy’s tell Gimbel’s?
I’d really rather not say.
I’D RATHER NOT SAY.


Why would you even ask such a thing?
WHY WOULD YOU ASK SUCH A THING?
I’m sworn to secrecy.
My lips are sealed.
I promised not to tell.
I promised not to tell anyone.
I’m not prepared to answer that.
What did you say?
Excuse me?
What?
Come again?
YOU DON’T NEED TO KNOW.
You don’t need to know that.
What kind of question is/was that?
That’s/That was a strange question to ask.
That’s/That was some question.
That’s/That was quite a question.
That’s/That was a funny question.
That’s/That was irrelevant.
Forget about it/that.
Forget it.
Never mind.
Don’t worry about it/that.
Some things are better left alone.
That’s better left alone.
THAT’S BETTER LEFT UNSAID.
That’s best forgotten.
Life is strange.
It’s one of those things.
It’s just one of those things.
It was one of those things.
It was just one of those things.
You know how things happen sometimes.
You know how things sometimes happen.
You know how things can happen sometimes.
You know how things can sometimes happen.
Things happen.
It’s just something I’ll have to live with.
It’s something I have to live with.
It’s one of those things you have to live with.


It’s just one of those things you have to live with.
You know how it goes.
Do I need to answer that?
Do I have to answer that?
Do you really want to know?
Why do you need to know?
WHY DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?
What makes you ask that?
What makes you ask?
WHY DO YOU ASK?
Do you really need to know?
Do you need to know?
Is/Was this/that necessary?
Is/Was this/that really necessary?
[ maybe not stock:] Is/Was that a necessary question?
[ not stock:] I prefer to focus on work while in the office.
NO COMMENT.
I have to go now.
Gotta go.
As if it made any difference.
As if it makes any difference.
As if it made a difference.
As if it makes a difference.
As if it mattered.
As if it matters.
Who cares?
What’s that got to do with anything?
What’s that got to do with it?
What’s that got to do with the price of tea in China?
What difference does it/that make?
What does it/that matter?
Why does it/that matter?
What’s the matter?
Is that what matters?
Does it matter?
I don’t see what relevance that has to [the specified previous topic].
I don’t see what bearing that has on [the specified previous topic].
Is/Was that relevant?
Is/Was that relevant to [the specified previous topic]?
What bearing does that have on [the specified previous topic].


What’s that supposed to mean?
Could we not talk about that/it?
Try to contain your curiosity.
It/That doesn’t make any difference.
It/That doesn’t make a difference.
How should I know?
How would I know?
Give me/Gimme a break.
Come on.
Really, now.
Really.
You think I know?
Do you think I know?
As if I knew.
As if I know.
If you don’t mind--
Let’s stick to the point.
Let’s not digress.
That’s not what matters.
That’s not the point.
That’s not the issue.
That’s not the question.
That’s not what we’re talking about.
That’s not what I’m talking about.
That’s not what it’s about.
That/It doesn’t matter.
[ not stock:] A lady likes to keep a bit of mystery about these things.
[ not stock:] I’m saving that for my memoirs.
If I tell you, I’ll have to kill you.
If I told you, I’d have to kill you.
[ not stock:] I’ll answer that if you answer this:
And you?
And yourself?
How about you?
What about you?
I’ll ask you the same question:
I could ask you the same question:
I’d like to ask you the same question:
Let me ask you the same question:
Let me turn that question back at you:


Let me turn that question around on you:
Let me turn that question around:
Let me flip that question back to you:
I’ll give you only my name, rank and serial number.
I’ll give you my name, rank and serial number.
I can give you only my name, rank and serial number.
All I have to give you is my name, rank and serial number.
You’re asking the wrong person.
Don’t ask me.
I don’t happen to know.
I don’t have the slightest idea.
I have no idea.
Should I tell you?
Should I really tell you?
Why do people always ask me that question?
Why am I always asked that question?
Why does that keep coming up?
Oh, that.
Oh, that again.
That keeps coming up.
That’s what everyone asks me.
That’s what everyone asks me about.
That’s what everyone wants to know.
That’s what everyone wants to know about.
Do you want the truth?
That’s a question for [a specified person].
Don’t ask.
You’re better off not knowing.
Believe me: You don’t want to know.
You’d rather not know.
I’m not at liberty to divulge that information.
I’m not at liberty to reveal that information.
I’m not at liberty to share that information.
I’m not at liberty to discuss that.
I’m not at liberty to say.
I’m not able to answer that question.
Sorry; I can’t answer that question.
We don’t have enough time for that.
There isn’t enough time for that.
It’s late.


I’m tired.
I would tell you if I could.
I’d like to be able to tell you.
I wish I could tell you.
[ maybe not stock:] I’ll pass on that.
I’ll take the Fifth.
I’ll take the Fifth on that.
I’ll take the Fifth on that one.
I take the Fifth Amendment.
I take the Fifth.
I plead the Fifth.
I plead the Fifth Amendment.
I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me.
I refuse to answer on the grounds that it might tend to incriminate me.
I decline to answer on the grounds that it may tend to incriminate me.
I decline to answer on the grounds that it might tend to incriminate me.
[ maybe not stock:] I refuse to answer on the grounds that it may tend to
embarrass me.
I don’t know what to say.
I don’t know what to tell you.
What can I say?
What can I tell you?
I don’t want to lie to you.
Do you want a straight answer?
That’s a difficult question.
That’s a difficult question to answer.
That’s a tough question.
That’s a tough question to answer.
That’s a tough one.
Ooh, that’s a tough question.
Ooh, that’s a tough one.
That’s not/That isn’t an easy question.
That’s not/That isn’t an easy question to answer.
That’s a big question.
IT’S A LONG STORY.
It’s complicated.
I wouldn’t know how to begin to answer that question.
I don’t know how to begin to answer that question.
I don’t know how to explain that.
I don’t know how to answer that.


I don’t know how to answer that question.
It isn’t worth going into.
What makes you interested?
What’s your interest in that?
I didn’t know you were interested.
I didn’t know you were interested in that.
I’ve already answered that question.
[ not stock:] You’ve already asked me that question.
[ not stock:] Weren’t we talking about something else?
[ not stock:] Weren’t we in the middle of something else?
Have you heard the weather report for tomorrow?
Have you heard what the weather will be like tomorrow?
Don’t you already know?
Don’t you know?
You know the answer to that question.
You already know that.
I thought you already knew/know that.
I thought you already knew/know.
Do you know?
What do you think?
What’s your guess?
Guess!
I’m not sure.
I’m not sure about that.
I’m not really sure.
I don’t know.
I really don’t know.
I don’t really know.
I don’t know, really.
I actually don’t know.
I don’t actually know.
I don’t know, actually.
I don’t know for sure.
I don’t remember.
I can’t remember.
I don’t remember for sure.
I don’t recall.
I can’t recall.
That’s/It’s hard to remember.
That/It was too long ago to remember.


That/It was a long time ago.
I don’t know, myself.
I, myself, don’t know.
I honestly don’t know.
I’ve/I never thought about that.
I’ve/I never really thought about that.
I’ve/I really never thought about that.
I’ve/I never actually thought about that.
I’ve/I actually never thought about that.
Your guess is as good as mine.
I’ll have to check.
I’ll check.
I’ll have to check that.
I’ll check that.
I’ll have to check on that.
I’ll check on that.
I’ll have to check that out.
I’ll check that out.
I’ll have to look that up.
I’ll look that up.
I’ll have to look into that.
I’ll look into that.
I’ll ask [a specified person].
I’ll have to ask [a specified person].
Let me get back to you.
Let me get back to you on that.
Let me get back to you on that one.
I’ll have to get back to you on that.
I’ll have to get back to you on that one.
I’ll get back to you on that.
I’ll get back to you on that one.
Let me think about that.
Let me think about that one.
I’ll have to think about that.
I’ll have to think about that one.
Uh, um.
Um, uh.
Uh.
Um.
Hmm.


Hmm, let me see.
Let me see.
That’s/That was a good question.
I can’t tell you.
I can’t say.
I really can’t say.
I can’t really say.
I can’t rightly say.
I don’t rightly know.
I can’t say for sure.
I can’t say I know.
I don’t know about that one.
I don’t know about that.
Who knows?
God knows.
I wish I knew.
What do you mean?
What do you mean by that?
Not now.
That’s not for now.
Some other time.
Save that for another time.
Save that for some other time.
Could we not talk about that now?
That’s a topic for another day.
Let’s talk about that some other time.
Could we talk about that some other time?
Let’s save that for another time.
Let’s save that for some other time.
Hold on.
Do you mind if--
Maybe.
Sort of.
Kind of.
It depends.
Don’t get me started on that.
Don’t get me started.
That’s enough about me; now let’s talk about you.
I’m more interested in hearing about you.
Don’t let me bore you.


Do you want all the gory details?
What do you know about that/this?
What have you heard?
If you insist--
IF YOU REALLY MUST KNOW--
If you must know--
If you really want to know--
Is this off the record?
[ not stock:] Is the tape still rolling?
[ not stock:] Turn off the tape recorder.
Can you keep a secret?
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO KEEP A SECRET?
Can I trust you?
Can I trust you with this?
Promise you won’t tell anyone.
Promise me you won’t tell anyone.
Just promise you won’t tell anyone.
Will you promise not to tell anyone?
Do you promise not to tell anyone?
Promise not to tell anyone?
Tell this to no one.
This mustn’t leave this room.
This mustn’t go beyond these four walls.
No one must hear this.
Don’t tell a soul.
DON’T TELL THIS TO ANYONE.
Don’t tell this to anyone, not even [a specified person].
Don’t tell this to anyone, even [a specified person].
Don’t repeat this.
Don’t repeat this to anyone.
I’m telling you this in confidence.
This is confidential.
This is highly confidential.
This is strictly confidential.
This isn’t for anyone to know.
This isn’t for anyone else to know.
THIS IS BETWEEN US.
This is just between us.
This is between you and me.
This is just between you and me.


BETWEEN YOU AND ME--
Just between you and me--
Between you, me and the lamp post--
Keep this under your hat.
I’ll tell you a secret.
I’ll tell you a little secret.
That’s no secret.
That isn’t a secret.
That’s not a secret.
I don’t keep secrets.
I don’t have secrets.
I don’t keep any secrets.
I don’t have any secrets.
I don’t believe in keeping secrets.
I don’t believe in secrets.
My life is an open book.
I’m an open book.
No one ever asks me that.
No one’s ever asked me that.
No one’s ever asked me that question.
No one’s ever asked me that before.
Thanks for showing an interest.
Thanks for asking about that.
Thanks for asking me that.
Thanks for asking.
Thanks for asking me.
It took/it’s taken a long time for you to get around to asking that question.
Finally, someone asks that question.
Someone finally asks that question.
Finally, someone has asked that question.
Someone has finally asked that question.
I’ve been waiting a long time for you to ask that question.
I’ve been waiting a long time for you to ask that.
I THOUGHT YOU’D NEVER ASK.
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