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What is the appropriate question tag for sentences such as:

I was born to be a doctor, __?

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closed as off-topic by RegDwigнt Sep 26 '13 at 13:06

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Wasn't I?

You need to use the auxiliary verb in the original sentence, in this case 'was'. In a question tag you add 'not' to that auxiliary verb when the original sentence is positive. (Question tags are always the opposite).

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That's the 'syntactically governed' answer, but pragmatics demands that care be taken in using it. It could sound very smug. No such problem with the equivalent 'He was born to be a doctor, wasn't he?' – Edwin Ashworth May 6 '13 at 17:16
On that note @EdwinAshworth I was born to be a doctor, but was he? – samuelAndThe May 6 '13 at 18:14

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