English version

answer back

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishanswer back phrasal verbANSWER/REPLYto reply in a rude way to someone that you are supposed to obeyanswer somebody back Don’t answer me back young man! answer→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
answer backI'd generally talk him round, but never answer back.She shouldn't have said that, she shouldn't have answered back.The child's refusal to comply may not seem as bad as the child's habit of answering back.Sometimes, though, the urge to answer back is just too strong.At school he dared answer back to the Headmaster - politely - when he felt he was in the right.
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Verb table
answer
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyanswer
he, she, itanswers
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyanswered
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave answered
he, she, ithas answered
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad answered
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill answer
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have answered
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam answering
he, she, itis answering
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you, we, theyare answering
Past
I, he, she, itwas answering
you, we, theywere answering
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been answering
he, she, ithas been answering
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been answering
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be answering
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been answering
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