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More complex answers

Thai has another type of question format that is used when more information could be forthcoming or is expected.

ใช่ไหม (châi-mǎi)

Like the particle mǎi, the word châi-mǎi is added to the end of a statement. It means, isn't that right?

How to answer when the question uses ใช่ไหม and you just want to reply with the equivalent of yes or no.

เขา ชื่อ ปรีชา ใช่ไหม คะ
His name is Preecha, right?
Simple affirmative response:
ใช่ ครับ
Yes, it is.
Simple negative response:
ไม่ ใช่ ครับ
No, it is not.

A simple acknowledgement:

In relaxed conversations it is also completely fine to just use the polite particle to answer 'Yes', when no additional information needs to be added.

ครับ
(affirmative response, male)
ค่ะ
(affirmative response, female)

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