Monthly Archives: April 2012

Don’t you like custard? Yes or No.

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Questions framed with a negative can easily lead ambiguous responses: 

Q: Don’t you like custard?

A: Yes

Is that: ‘On the contrary, Yes I do like custard,’ or ‘Yes, that’s right, I don’t like custard.’

A: No

Is that: ‘No, you’re right I don’t like custard,’ or ‘No you’re wrong I do like custard.’

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