There is one word that you should never use when someone asks you a question.
It's "sure". Why? People often use this in response to requests. If the request came over email or chat, you shouldn't ever say "sure".
Here's different ways that I (and I think a lot of other people) interpret it.
- It means you don't care. You don't really care about what they're asking you.
- You don't actually agree or want to do what they're suggesting. You're accommodating the person asking, but you're unhappy about it.
- You're not really saying "yes", even though you are. You're just flat out lying. What you really mean is "no".
Other ways to handle a request instead of using "sure".
- Say "no" if you mean "no".
- Say "yes" if you mean "yes".
- Start by asking a question. Why do you ask? Why is that important to you?
- Disagree. If you don't agree, just tell the person. Make them explain themselves so that you're satisfied.