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Stop Saying “YES” in Daily English Conversation | Use Alternate English Words | ChetChat Vocabulary

by Chetna Vasishth

Yes , Ok, (hmm hmm shake of head in different directions) Yes Yes, of course – ya, yeah. 

Hmm. In today’s video I’m going to give you 

15 advanced  words and phrases to use instead of saying ‘Yes’ and

Examples of situations in which you can use these phrases

And you can use these in your daily English casual and formal conversation to sound like a fluent and advanced English speaker. 

So, let’s get going

And, now for the 15 fabulous words and expressions to say instead of saying the boring ‘Yes’ to someone, 

At number one is 

Consider it done — 

This is a bright and cheerful way to say yes, when someone asks you to do something. Example your teacher says – hey could you please hand over these books to the librarian. You could smile, look cheerful and say ‘ consider it done, Ma’am’. That will surely bring a smile on your teacher’s face

It conveys that you will gladly do something that you have been asked to do. Consider it done

A thousand times, yes !

Sometimes just saying yes is not enough. What do you say when you want to agree strongly? A thousand times, yes!

For example, one of your friends suggests that you all should study together on a zoom call tonight, and you feel like it is such a great idea. Then you can say “A thousand times, yes! We must study together today, in fact we should do this every week. ”  

A thousand times, yes!

Ace! Brilliant !—

Suppose you are in a meeting to discuss your group project, and one member puts forth an idea that is wonderful. You like it a lot. Then you can say Ace! Brilliant!. This will instantly lift the energy in the room

Ace can also mean to pass something with flying colors. example, ‘Jenny aced the lab experiments’, or, ‘I think I aced that exam’. So, by calling someone’s ideas Ace or Brilliant you are giving them a huge thumbs up! 


Tell me about it

So you have been having a lot of power cuts in your area recently and you’re on the phone with your friend and she complains about the power cut. You can say ‘ tell me about it. 

‘Tell me about it’ is used when you totally understand what someone is talking about because you have had the same or a similar experience.

A more casual way of saying the same thing is ‘telling ME’. “Something is wrong with that computer.” “Yeah, tell me about it or ‘telling ME’, I can never get it to work properly.” 

Your friend says – Joe is in a bad mood! And you go ‘tell me about it’ I’ve been trying to cheer him up since yesterday. 

And sometimes you can use some fun words like okie dokie, aye aye or right-o, and this is the video where you will find all these stupendous words and  expressions like alrighty or roger that and lots more

You’re dead right

“You’re dead right about Loki being the best villain.”  

I think all Marvel fans will agree.You can use this phrase when you want to say somebody is totally right! You’re dead right or ‘You’re so right’ 

It’s often said with excitement and passion! “You’re dead right! Marvel is better than DC”. OR ‘You’re so right about that new boy, he has been very quiet of late’

You know more than the words, it is your tone of voice or body language. So when you’re saying yes, look bright and happy, smile, bring some energy into your body and say – You’re so right. 


Totes is casual and is the short form of totally. Totes is an American slang word and it sounds super cool as well.

So, let’s say your kid brother comes into the room and asks for your permission to switch on the television. Then, instead of saying yes, you can say Totes! It’s like saying – Sure, Cool, Yep – Totes.

Some people use it in sentences instead of totally for example – I read his blog and I’m a totes fan.  

Hey, by the way, if you are enjoying this video, then give me a thumbs up right now so I know you are a totes fan of #chetchat.

Spot on— 

So, suppose you’re talking about the best science fiction movie and they say, “It’s Interstellar”. You can say, “Spot on! That is the perfect sci-fi movie according to me” 

This is used to tell someone that they have hit the nail right on the head, “Spot on”.

An alternative in this situation is ‘you can say that again’. It indicates a complete agreement , for example – your friend says ‘Harry can be a little rude sometimes’ and you go ‘you can say that again’ – OR you’re spot on about that.

Be my guest

this is an informal way of saying – please do. So if someone asks you – may I choose the restaurant for dinner tonight, you can say – be my guest. It’s warm and polite if said with a smile. It is a way to say that someone is welcome to do or take something “Could I borrow your pen?” “Sure, be my guest.”

True dat— 

“True dat. This choco chip flavoured ice cream is the best ever! True dat is a short, crisp and smart way of agreeing with someone. It’s like saying ‘So true!’ 

True dat is casual and fun. I like it because it has a warm and understanding tone, like I so agree with you

“I think the best band is BTS”

“True dat, I’m an army too.” 

On the same page— 

Let’s say your dad wants you to do an MBA. You agree with him. So the next time he discusses it with you and you want to say ‘yes dad’, instead you can say – ‘Dad, you and I are on the same page’. 

OR you can tell your sister that “We are on the same page about which color we should paint our room.” 

This phrase is used when you have matching ideas with someone else. And if you find perhaps that you and your best friend are almost always in agreement on most things – then you could even use the words – we share the same wavelength. 

On the same page, share the same wavelength

Drop me a comment below to tell me how you will use these phrases in your daily life. 

She really does / It really does — 

You go camping with your friends and a girl picks up her guitar and sings by the campfire. Your friend next to you says ‘hey! She sings well, doesn’t she? You want to agree, so instead of saying ‘yes she does’ you can say – ‘She really does’ 

When someone says ‘It is so warm today’, you can just say ‘It really is’. I mean you could have just said ‘she does’ or ‘it is’, but adding ‘really’ makes it a stronger statement. Like you completely agree. It really does.


The next one is a mathematical way of saying Me Too. It’s commonly seen in text language. 

So if someone says,  “I love ChetChat’s videos.” 

What do you say? “Plus One ”  

Particularly on a long email or text thread, when you tag someone’s message and say Plus One It’s the equivalent of saying “I’m another one who agrees with that.”.

Ok, So these were 12 fun and casual expressions for your daily casual conversation. But how would we say Yes to someone in a more formal setting? 

I have three expressions that will always come in handy –

I concur

So, let’s say you are in a formal meeting with the Principal of your school or the Board of Directors and they are making some important proposals. You have been asked if you agree, then instead of saying ‘yes’ you can say, “I fully concur with the Board of Directors”  or “I concur with Principal ma’am”. I concur. 

I second

Another thing that usually happens in important meetings is that lots of decisions are taken. Now you have been asked for your opinion on a certain decision, then instead of saying yes, you can say “I second the decision to postpone Annual Day.” 

If your Principal was the first to take this decision, then you’re seconding it, or backing it up.  I second.

I subscribe to

You must have heard the word subscribe when talking about YouTube Channels or social media pages. But what if you like and follow someone’s ideas, opinions or beliefs.. 

So, “I subscribe to Ronaldo’s mantra for life— Dedication, Hard work, and Belief.” 

Or I subscribe to the age old wisdom, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” 

Speaking about me, I subscribe to the idea that when you love someone or something, you should show it.

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