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Yep Or Yup: The Correct Use Of The Terms

by subhasree nag

Whenever we are talking to someone, we often use the terms yep or yup to acknowledge something, or simply to confirm to something we have been told, or to just say yes. We often say miss you instead of saying I miss you, or just love you instead of saying I love you. This is similar to those cases. Yep, and yup, just have one letter that does not match. But do their meanings change because of that?

Today, in this article, we are going to discuss the difference between these words so that you can decide for yourself which one you want to use; yup or yep. Read the article to find out the difference between the two and what you should be using in your daily conversation.

Which Is Correct: Yep Or Yup?

There are a lot of similar words in the English language which are used in different scenarios. For example, grateful and greatful. Now the question arises whether there is an actual difference between yep and yup.

Which is correct- yep or yup

The short answer to this question is that both these words are adverbs and possess the same meaning. Both yup and yep are informal ways of saying yes, and can also be interchanged in most situations and contexts. 

These two words should only be used while having an informal conversation or answering someone casually. These are not appropriate for use in any formal contexts or research papers. But these two words carry different feel and tone to them.

When Can You Use Yep? 

‘Yep’ is considered a more respectful and polite way of saying yes. It has a more agreeable one to it. Yep implies that the speaker is taking into account the other person’s opinion. It suggests that the other person is not just responding positively but is also considering what the other person has to say about the matter. But again, this is not fit to use in any informal situations.

When can you use yep

Examples Of Sentences With “Yep”

  • Yep, this is what I was planning for the weekend.
  • Yep, I am all set. Just give me a call whenever you are ready, and I will meet you at the car.
  • Yep, I agree with what you are saying, but not your plan of action.
  • Yep, he told me that there was a change in plan but did not inform me that they were canceling it last minute.
  • Yep, I got my tickets confirmed and will be leaving for Bangalore next week.
  • Are you free this weekend? Then we can meet somewhere.
    • Yep.
  • Will it be okay if I leave you at Gammy’s place for the evening?
    • Yep.
  • Would you like to come to the water park with me and cousin Jack?
    • Yep.
  • Did you like the fruit snack I got you?
    • Yep.
  • Are you coming to the dance recital?
    • Yep.

When Can You Use Yup?

“Yup” has a sarcastic feel and tone to it, rather than yep. “Yup” can imply that the speaker is impatient and dismissive. Whereas “yep” has a more straightforward and casual tone to it. “Yep” sounds more neutral than “yep.”

Examples Of Using ‘Yup’ In A Sentence 

  • Yup, I am ready to party.
  • Yup, she answered it correctly.
  • Yup, I will have a cold coffee and fries.
  • Yup, I told you so, but you chose to ignore me back then.
  • Yup, I am sure this is exactly what happened last night; there is no doubt about it.
  • Would you join me for this dance?
    • Yup.
  • Did you order the coffee?
    • Yup.
  • Will you take the initiative and plan the outing?
    • Yup, I know nobody else would do it.
  • Are you enjoying the party?
    • Yup, I like the music here and the crowd as well.
  • Will you bring your kids to the gathering?
    • Yup, they like being with their grandparents, and there will be other kids as well.

I guess it is clear by now that both the terms have similar meanings but have a slightly different tone to them. But it is also evident that these terms cannot be used in any formal setting, business meeting, or any professional email.

But the question is which one is more popular. Google’s NGram is saying that yep is a lot more popular than yup. It was back in the 1990s when people started using “yep” in casual conversation.  

Which One Is More Formal? Yup Or Yep?

Yep or yup, none of these are formal terms and cannot be used in professional scenarios. Just like the words auntie or aunty are informal terms of the word aunt, yep and yup are informal ways of saying yes. You can use these in any casual conversations with your friends and family or while writing to family members, but these should never be used in an essay, job interviews, or presentations.

Synonyms For Yup And Yep

If you do not want to use these two terms, use something else, and this section is going to meet your needs. Here we have listed some of the synonyms, so you can choose your pick.

  • Okay
  • Yes
  • Okie Dokie
  • Of course
  • Aye
  • Alright
  • Roger
  • Indeed
  • By all means
  • Certainly
  • sure

These are all variations of saying yes. But it depends on you which one you want to use in which scenarios. But you have to keep in mind in which context you are using. 

Bottom Line

The next time you want to use the terms yep or yup, think again. Think about how you want to sound, what the context is, and, more importantly, think of the setting where you are using the words.

If you want to sound serious, then do not use this. But if you are around your family and friends, then you can use these words without hesitation. You can use it while you are sending a postcard to your friends. But if you are confused, then simply say “yes” to avoid any confusion, though there should not be any.


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