．1981 Brian Murphy, The Enigma Variations: "Do you believe that if you continue seeing me you'll be damned?" "Yes and no."
．Scholars like to laugh at some diplomats, who always answer too tactfully without letting you know what they really think — for instance, if they say "yes", they may mean "perhaps", if they say "perhaps", they probably means "no". If someone answers "no", then that person is not a diplomat!
．When Donald Trump was asked whether he has a good relationship with China, he answered, "Yes and no — on the one hand, I respect President Xi of China, but on the other hand, I believe that China has been making a lot of money from America."
．If you ask some diplomats whether they support the Chief Executive, they may answer skilfully, "Yes and no — on the one hand, the Chief Executive is quite good in certain policies, yet, on the other hand, the Chief Executive has some flaws, too.
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