If you have been asked this question then you need to make an assessment of the questioner before answering.
The question might be being asked sincerely from a purely ignorant stance. If this is the case then you have been given copious amounts of information that should sway a rational mind as it really is not that difficult a concept to grasp.
Because of the nature of this question I believe that it is most likely that you are being asked this question by a YEC. In which case you are probably also faced with a presuppositionalist, which means that you are wasting your time. I will leave it to you to look up Presuppositional Apologetics for yourself so you will know how to spot it. Their stance is not only self-contradictory it also contradicts the evidence of Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Cosmology etc.