Picture that you’re watching a thriller movie and at a key moment, let’s say one of the female protagonists is alone and a tense string music score starts. You probably know what’s going to happen next. We’ve been conditioned what to expect. When that expectation is not delivered, we find it odd. The same principle exists in language. There are certain questions and phrases that have certain set responses. If that set response is not given, the listener might not say anything, but in the back of their heads the gears are turning as they try to figure out what was wrong with your answer.
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