How can we know our last sentence was heard?

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Thank you for all the answers so far. I am also a computer scientist, so my reasoning about this problem came from the fact that the two generals problem can be applied to everyday conversations. Regarding everyday conversations I believe it works like this:
- if A asks B something like X, B can be certain that A will hear the answer Y because A asked it! Otherwise it would be rude to ask something and then ignore the answer.
- In this situation, B can be sure that A heard the answer, and A can be sure that B knows that A knows because he knows that B knows this fact

This means that questions represent agreement points in a conversation, where both persons know that the other one knows X.

What do you think?

Still, the problem remains for sentences that are not questions. What do you say?
 
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This thread has been answered, no need to go in circles.
 

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