Ways to Say YES

I’d like to share with you different ways to say ‘yes.’ As we already know, it’s better to have several ways to say the same thing. However, knowing which word or phrase to use in what situation can be very difficult. This post will help you know what word or phrase to use and in what situation to use it.


Yes is the most common word to use when you want to agree or give an affirmative response.


Often used to respond if something is correct or true.

-Person 1: “You like ice cream, right?” Person 2: “Yes.”

To respond to a person who has addressed you.

-Person 1: “I have a question for you.” Person 2: “Yes?”


These words can be used to give a stronger response than a simple ‘yes,’ or to show there is no doubt in the response being given.


Like yes, absolutely is used to say if something is true, however absolutely is used show something is true to a higher degree or further extent.

-Person 1: “You like ice cream, right?” Person 2: “Absolutely!”

Definitely is to show that a person is certain about something, or has no doubt in their mind in the response.

-Person 1: “Do you feel you can finish this job?” Person 2: “Definitely.”

That’s Right

This simple phrase can be used to answer a question. It can also be used to tell someone that they are correct in their thinking.


Used as a way to answer a questions:

-Person 1: “Do you mean to tell me you eat pizza every day?” Person 2: “That’s right.”

Used to show someone is thinking correctly:

-Person 1: “I’m not sure, but I think tomorrow we are traveling to Cleveland.” Person 2: “That’s right.”

Right On

This phrase is used to show that you agree or approve of what someone is is doing or has said.


-Person 1: “I’m going to build a city on the moon!” Person 2: “Right on!”

-Person 1: “I got a promotion!” Person 2: “Right on, my friend!”


Used to agree with something that seems very obvious or no doubt.


-Person 1: “Many people view you as a genius.” Person 2: “Naturally.”


In a previous blog post I wrote that ‘sure’ could be used as a thank you. However, it can also be used to say you agree, or that you will do something that is being asked of you.


-Person 1: “Would you agree that space travel is the next big thing?” Person 2: “Sure.”

-Person 1: “Will you please take the garbage out?” Person 2: “Sure.”

You’re On

 Used to say that you have accepted a challenge or that you will accept a bet or wager of some sort.


-Person 1: “I’ll bet you twenty bucks I can get you betting by the end of the day.”
Person 2: “You’re on.”

-Person 1: “I bet you can’t dunk a basketball.” Person 2: “You’re on.”

A few slang terms to keep in mind

Roger- Used to show you understand or will begin to do what has been asked of you.

Yup- Used just the same as ‘yes,’ but seen as more casual.

No Doubt- Used to agree. Very similar to Yes or okey-dokey.

Okey-dokey– Used to say yes or that you agree.


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