Is it incorrect to repeat si when answering in the affirmative to questions posed in the negative? "Si, v. "si si"

DerekC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is it incorrect to repeat si when answering in the affirmative to questions posed in the negative? "Si, v. "si si"

"Si si, ..." -- I hear this all the time, but it doesn't seem to be an accepted answer. Is it just because it is technically redundant? Does it lower the register to use two "si" ?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Derek,

You are correct in saying that in everyday speech you will hear -

 si, si ...

to stress your answer, 

just as you would say,

non, non ...

But in practical terms, the system cannot accept it as an answer as it just expresses an insistence rather than a grammatical point.

I hope this helps!

DerekC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks for clarifying! 

MikeA1Kwiziq community member

Somewhere I learned that si was also used as an emphatic positive response even when not repeated.  Is this true.

DerekC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hi Mike,

Si is used when answering positively to a negative construction. Ex. Tu ne parles pas anglais? Si, je parle anglais. Compared to: Tu parles anglais? Oui, je parle anglais.

Is it incorrect to repeat si when answering in the affirmative to questions posed in the negative? "Si, v. "si si"

"Si si, ..." -- I hear this all the time, but it doesn't seem to be an accepted answer. Is it just because it is technically redundant? Does it lower the register to use two "si" ?

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