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    Are these possible(optional) answers right?

    Question : Will you be travelling with children?

    Answer 1: Yes. I will be travelling with them.

    Answer 2: Yes. I will be doing so.

    Answer 3: Yes. I will be.

    Answer 4: Yes. So will I be .

    Answer 5: Yes. So will I be doing.
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    Moreover, Is there any difference between these answers?

    Question 2: Will you travel with your children?

    Answer 2a: Yes, I will do so.

    Answer 2b: Yes ,so will I.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nima_persian View Post
    Are these possible(optional) answers right?

    Question : Will you be travelling with children?

    Answer 1: Yes. I will be travelling with them.
    This answer is correct but not the best answer. By using the word "them" you are identifying some specific children with whom you will be traveling. The person who asked the question did not necessarily know if you had any children. They probably know you are traveling somewhere, and just wanted to know if there would be any children traveling with you. If they had said, "Will you be traveling with the children?" it implies that they know there are some children. Perhaps they know the children are going somewhere, and want to know if you will be going too. Then you could answer, "Yes. I will be travelling with them."

    Answer 2: Yes. I will be doing so.

    Answer 3: Yes. I will be.
    Both of these are good.

    Answer 4: Yes. So will I be .

    Answer 5: Yes. So will I be doing.
    .....
    If you gave answer 4 or 5, it would be technically correct, but you would immediately identify yourself as a non-native English speaker. No English speaker would say it like that.

    Moreover, Is there any difference between these answers?

    Question 2: Will you travel with your children?

    Answer 2a: Yes, I will do so.

    Answer 2b: Yes ,so will I.
    Answer 2a is more natural. When you say "so will I" it usually means someone else is doing something and you will do likewise. For example, if the question was: Bob is traveling with the children. Will you travel with them, too? Answer: Yes, so will I.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    Answer 2: Yes. I will be doing so.

    Answer 3: Yes. I will be.
    Both of these are good.
    Although maybe a little formal (and old-fashioned, maybe). A more natural response might be just: "Yes, I will".

    Answer 4: Yes. So will I be .

    Answer 5: Yes. So will I be doing.
    .....
    If you gave answer 4 or 5, it would be technically correct, but you would immediately identify yourself as a non-native English speaker. No English speaker would say it like that.
    Although, "Yes, so I will" would probably be perfectly natural for an Irish speaker of English.
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