Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles If someone asks me if I want to do something, I say "yes" if I want to do it, and I say "no" if I don't want to do it. There are, however, other ways to say "yes" and "no" in English. Now, I must tell you this: "Yes" and "no" are the most common ways to say you want to do something or to say you don't want to. But these other ways of saying "yes" and "no" are also quite common. They're not some crazy words that we never use; they are words that we actually use every day. So, in this English lesson, I'll teach you a few more ways to say "yes" and a few more ways to say "no". One of the first ways of saying "yes" in a different way is to say, "Of course." But I do need to explain when we use this. We use this when we want to say "yes" to someone in a situation where we would never think of saying "no". A good example would be this: If a friend of mine was going on a trip, and if they said, "Bob, can you pick up my mail and water my plants while I'm gone?" I would say, "Of course." I could just say "yes", but I would say "of course" because I would never say "no" to that. If a friend of mine was going on a trip, I want to do whatever I need to do so they have a good trip. So, I would say, "Of course, I would totally pick up your mail and water your plants when you're gone." But there'd probably be no guarantee that the plants would survive, but I certainly would water them. Maybe I would bring Jen with because she's better with plants than I am. Another way of saying "yes" is one that we use in a situation, again, where someone is asking for help and it's the phrase, "No problem." If someone said to me, "I can't lift this box. Bob, can you help me?" I would say, "No problem. Let me grab the other end and help you lift it." So, notice, this is a way of saying "yes" in a certain situation. It's a situation where someone's asking you to do something, and you can respond by saying, "No problem." They're not asking if you want a candy⏤then you wouldn't say, "No problem;" it wouldn't make sense. But if someone says to you, "Hey, would you be able to bring me home after work today? My car is broken." Instead of saying "yes", I could say, "No problem. Where do you live? I'm happy to give you a ride home." Another way to say "yes" if someone asks you to do something is to say, "For sure." Now, this is, I think, a little bit like slang. It's not pure slang, but it's certainly a quick way to say that you'll help someone do something. If someone said to me, "Bob, I really, really need money; can I borrow 100 dollars?" I'd probably say, "No." But I might say, "For sure," depending on who it is. Sorry, I had to correct what I was thinking there in my mind. If one of my children really needed money, and they said, "Dad, can I borrow 10 dollars?" I would say, "For sure," but if some random person or⏤yeah, I don't give away money very easily. Anyways, if someone asks you to do something and it's something that you don't mind doing, you might say, "for sure," and then do that thing for them. Another way of saying "yes" is to say, "Sure thing." And, again, this would happen when someone asks you for something. If someone said to me, "Bob, can I borrow your car?" I might say, "Sure thing; come over and get it." Of course, if they don't have a car, they might not be able to. But I would certainly want to say "yes", and I would probably say, "sure thing." We have a lot of tools and equipment here on the farm, and sometimes, my friend wants to use something to do some work at his place. When he says, "Hey, Bob, can I borrow your tractor?" I usually just say, "Sure thing; when do you need it?" And then, we arrange a time for him to pick it up. So, another way to say "yes" is to simply say, "Sure thing." OK, here's one more way to say "yes" before we move on to talking about ways to say "no". If someone asks you if you want to do something and you really want to do it, you can say, "I'd love to," or "I would love to" would be the full version of the sentence. If someone said to me, "Bob, do you wannna go out for dinner? I'll pay." I would say, "I'd love to," because I love it when people take me out for dinner and then they pay for it. That's an awesome thing. So, if you're ever in a situation where someone's asking you if you want to do something, and it's something you would really like to do, you can respond by saying, "I'd love to." OK, let's talk about how to say "no" using different words or phrases. And I'm going to use my "jumping out of an airplane with a parachute" example. If someone said to me, "Bob, do you want to go up in a plane and jump out with a parachute on?" I would say, "No way." So, I would use the word "no", but I would add the word "way". We use this form of saying "no" when there's no way we're ever going to say "yes"; I just used the phrase right there. If someone asked me to do something like that⏤I'm afraid of heights; I've told many of you that before. If someone asked me that, I would simply say, "No way." It basically means there's nothing you could do to convince me to do that activity. No way. There are times when someone might ask you to do something and you don't want to do it. And instead of saying "no", you can just say, "Forget it." Basically, when you say "forget it", you're saying that you don't want to do that thing. I've heard my children say this before sometimes. One of my children will say to another one of my children, "You need to help me clean up the kitchen. Dad said so." And my other child might say, "Forget it; I have other stuff to do. You do it." Then, usually, I step in and kind of make sure everyone is happy and doing what they're supposed to do. But, yes, sometimes, in certain situations, if someone tells you that you have to do something, you can just say, "Forget it." Sometimes it's a little rude, but it is something we sometimes say. Sometimes you wanna say "no", but sometimes, you want to word it a little more strongly. And in that situation, you could just say, "Never." If someone said to me, "Bob, you should eat these hot, spicy chicken wings; they are the hottest wings on earth." I would say, "Never; I'm never going to do that." So, I'm not just saying "no", I'm saying "no from now until the end of time". I am not going to eat super, super hot chicken wings. I do like hot food, but when things get to a certain level, that's when I start saying "no". And when the things get really, really hot, I just say, "Never; I'm never going to eat that. It's just too hot for me." This last way of saying "no" is also a very strong way of saying "no", and it's the phrase, "Not in a million years." If someone came to our school and it was someone who owned lots of snakes and they came to a science class to show the students snakes. If they said to me, "Bob, hold this snake." I would say, "Not in a million years." Basically, it's the same as saying "never"; it's the same as saying "no", but much, much, much stronger. I would⏤I don't like snakes. If someone had pet snakes, I'm not even sure if I'd be comfortable visiting their house. And then, if someone asked me to hold one, I would certainly say, "Not in a million years." Or I guess I could just say "no". So, I'm sitting here checking over the clips that I just recorded for this lesson and realized I didn't record an outro, so, I'll do it now. Thanks for watching. I hope you're having a good day; I hope your English learning is going really, really well. 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