Answering and Single Ideogram Expressions in Earth Language 
(Idiomatic setting 2)

. . . . . . Index of the EL grammar

Answering for request or calling
Answering with a verb symbols
Answering with the subject or object indicator
Answer to tell "I'm here"
Making responses in the middle of conversation

Appreciation, Celebration. Apology, etc.

Visual expression
Honorific and modesty expression {Titles of honor, For description of a classical world}


The answer of Yes and No is tricky: the actual answer is sometimes opposite between different cultures.
So EL uses a few different answering ways with each single ideogram to reduce confusion and for simplicity.
A single answer ideogram can make a sentence with the period .

Answer for request or calling

: Yes, I agree. : No, I don't/can't.

(47) has the shape of a container to receive something.
  For this single form usage, it means accepted/received.
  Using this for an answer, it means that your request is accepted and I agree to do so.

  (05) has a diagonally cutting shape, meaning denial; and this symbol denies the other's request.

These answers work for replying to an imperative sentence with a -type indicator,
as “the demand is accepted” or “not accepted.”

: “Could you roll up that curtain?"

: "Yes I can."
: “No. I can’t move now”

(Each speech is between   conversational-brackets,
: rolled, { sheet to limit}: curtain,
{verb, possibility, denied}: can’t, { real, time}: now)

Also when somebody called you, using to get your attention,
you answer with to show that you received the sign.

: "Hi Ken"
“Oh, Uncle Bob! How have you been?”
  (The contents of phonetic brackets are phonetics, expressing names.
  { parent’s brother}: uncle, : asking about this verb relating to a condition)

Pointing at standing water, one signs : “Watch out!”
The other answers : "I got it."

Answer for a question about a verb: using A A A or

When a question is about a verb, if it’s true or not, the verb in the interrogative sentence accompanies .
For the answer, the same verb base is used:

the affirmative answer. or  ,
the denial answer: or  (the same verb base to the question and 05 denied)
The examples are in the end of the verb section .

Answer with words

When a question is about a complement or a modification of the predicate verb, you need some word to reply.
At this time, you may shorten the verb symbol and omit the subject for the answer in EL.

  : May I ask you who he is?
 ( : he, : be, {, person}: who)

: He's my brother, Ken.
  ( : modifying the next word, “my” in this case, {same-level-life, male}: brother)
In the answer, there is no subject but only predicate. This verb base is not just a base; it's shortened from the compounded-verb symbol, in the above question. If the answer part is an independent phrase, it means, “become my brother” But since both know what the conversation is about, this shortened form is understandable.

If the verb of the answer is not the same as the one in the question, the whole sentence must be shown for the answer. The following example is an answer for the same above question.

: He was my next-door neighbor, but I can't remember his name.
(Since the verb tense is different from the question, the verb and the sentence have to be complete.
{ touching, existence}: next,  { home, building}: house
{ denied, possibility, verb}: can't,
{ original, recognition, out}: remembering,
{ abstract code, important, recognition}: name)

Answering with the subject or object indicator

When a question is about the subject or the object of a sentence, the word only with its indicator is the way of answering it.

: Who is he?
: (He is ) My brother, Ken.
(When is a complement, you answered with a verb symbol, as the above example.
This time it’s the subject of this sentence, so the answer is with the subject indicator .)

      : Whom is he going to show it to?
  ( {, heading}: be going to)

: To my brother.

You may feel a little rude for these answers through traditional English thoughts. Please remember the EL policy: simpler is kinder.

Answer to tell "I'm here":

The base, means "existence", and used for answering a roll call or to make clear that you are there.
Any sound or voice can show that someone is in for answering a bathroom door knock. But if a common answering manner is shared, we would not be confused.
The vocal symbol of : (“jo” of joy as phonetics) works at such a time.

Making responses in the middle of conversation

It's good to know if others understand one's message or not in a conversation.
The following signs are for this kind of thing. Of course some facial expressions can be substituted or added to it.

{ recognition is 14 going through}: “(I) understand (your talking)”
"(I) don't understand"
{recognition is 05 denied }: “(I) don't know”
{ 13 same 68 mind}: “(I) have sympathy (to you)”

Appreciation, celebration. apology, etc.

EL also has common-expressions for these terms, as each simplified single ideogram.
Additional sentences are free, as you like after one of them with the period  .

: Thank you. : Thank you very much.

  { accept, happiness}: appreciation, (: much)

{ facing to, happiness}: Congratulations!, or Celebration!

  : Excuse me, may I ask who you are?
{ recognition of lack of heart/carelessness}: aware of carelessness.
adds the nuance of “I might know from before, or it’s not polite  to ask you, but excuse me”
Also of course you can ask the other’s allowance for your manner, as:

: (I) wish you excuse (me).
   ({ heart, acceptance}: allowance)

: I'm sorry. (I apologize.)
  {recognition of opposite of sincere {true, heart}}: consciousness of sin 

Visual expression

Sometimes you can use visual expressions, with picture-like fundamental characters, instead of logical explanations. e.g.:
# Using a larger point character to emphasis or to say large for the thing.
# Repeating of plural same characters to show many or much of them.

These ways look childish in traditional English, but these are easily understandable and fun with stronger impact than just a logical expression. In EL, anybody can use these ways poetically or for a visual effect.

  : It is a very large tree. (a logical expression)
: tree, {much, volume of a thing: big, emphasized}: huge
The same thing by a visual expression:  

(forest) could be expressed as (a many-trees-place) visually.

: There were many people. (a logical expression)
  ( : many,  : plural persons, : past tense of “be”)
This could be expressed as bellow, adding more details:

: Children, adults, women, men, so many people were there.
  { wonder, life}: child/children, { possible, }: adult(s),
  {in/female,}: female, {out/male,}: male, : emphasized many

Honorific and modesty expression

Titles of honor

When calling another person with respect and in the polite way, a title character of honor is put in front of the name (between phonetic brackets, or the abbreviation with the right bracket only).

The base in these characters represents the user's looking up mind.

{ upper, human}: the title of honor for unisex
: { , out/male}: Mr.
: { , n/female}: Ms.

You can add his or her position of society or religious class or whatever title in the further front of these characters, or if simple enough, compound another ideogram on top of one of these as a bases overlay.
Also you can use one of them, like a pronoun, to call an unknown person.

If you use 18 (meaning down) instead of  in these titles, you show that you are looking down on (despise) the other. I wouldn't like to recommend you to use them though.

For description of a classical world

Perhaps future earth people don't need special honorific and modesty expressions for themselves, because of the democratic world. However when they translate writings from a feudal era or creating fantasies, it would be convenient to have some special honorific and modesty expression ways.

A title of honor for a person is used in that situation. Also the following two characters are used in front of a predicate verb:

: for showing talker's respect for doing or being of the subject of the predicate
  { place, upper}: to show unevenly higher
: for showing the subject of the predicate modesty (feeling like kneeling down) to the other
  { , down}: to show unevenly lower giving his/her high respect to the other

  : Lady P can't give thee an invitation.
  ( {high-level, lady}: high class lady,
  : phonetic abbreviation with P sound,
  {denied, can }: can't,
  { one’s own, direction, request}: invite (with verb-mark), : you)

  : I have the honor to be thy attendant.
  ( { {13,21} along, {21,41} go}: go along with, be attended (with
English does not have the modesty expression now, so it is difficult to translate.)

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