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Question tags: “Hardly seems… Doesn't it?” vs “hardly seems…does it?”

Is it correct to use a negative question tag in this sentence: "It hardly seems fair, doesn't it?" Bit confusing, because if I wrote "it doesn't seem fair, ..." The correct tag would be a positive ...
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Could you frame a question for this answer? [duplicate]

I have a statement which I want to use as an answer. The statement runs as follows: Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America. Here the emphasis lies on the number 44. ...
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How to form this tag question?

We always use a positive tag question after a negative sentence: You shouldn't take this medicine, should you? We use a negative tag question after a positive sentence: She must leave early, ...
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Tag Question — Does it sometimes border upon a comma splice?

Tag Question — Does it sometimes border upon a comma splice? I think it looks nice, do you? (This is a comma splice, correct?) Shouldn't we technically use a period after "nice" in this sentence to ...
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“It's not raining today, isn't it?” vs. “it's not raining today, is it?” [duplicate]

Which is correct: It's not raining today, isn't it? It's not raining today, is it?
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Question tag for a sentence of future tense

For a sentence of future tense, one containing a form of the verb "be", should the question tag include that form of "be"? Example: Which sentence is correct? I would be in the city, wouldn't I ...
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How to answer this question? Yes or No [duplicate]

Sorry, if this question is naive. If someone asks me, "You didn't go to school today, right?" If I did not, should I answer, Yes or No? Similarly, "You do not like eating fish, do you?" ...
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Difference between “Can't you” and “Can you not”?

I've been wondering about the difference between questions that use can't you and can you not. Like: Can't you tell just by looking? [I read this from a comic-detective series] Can you not ...
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“he is too young to go to school, is he ” or “he is too young to go to school, isn't he?” [duplicate]

Can you tell me which of the following sentences is correct? why? a) He is too young to go to school, is he? b) He is too young to go to school, isn't he?
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Is 'mind you' a question tag? [closed]

“That plate is hot, mind.” (Angela Downing, English Grammar) Prof. Angela says ‘mind’ above is a question tag. Is ‘mind you’ below the same tag? "Don't know why he's so bothered," said Ron. ...
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Using can and can't [duplicate]

She can barely cook a decent meal, ____ she? I think the answer is can’t. Please advise: what is the rule here? Therefore, if the question is asked: She can’t swim, ____ she? In this case, ...
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Why do positive and negative variants of the same question elicit the same answer? [duplicate]

In common American English usage, these two questions elicit the same response: Do you have a ticket? Don't you have a ticket? These are the usual answers (I was going to say "possible answers" ...
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Two questions about question tag

I want to ask about two sentences, and what would be the correct way to form a question: It's very important that we eat healthy food, ...........? Which would be the correct question tag: ...
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Can a possessive pronoun be used in a tag question?

Can we use possessive pronouns in tag questions? For example, Your name is Ben, isn't yours?
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Using the adverb “now” with a tag question [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn’t you” People can hardly motivate themselves now, can they? People can hardly motivate themselves now, can't they? ...
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Is the phrase “… or I'm mistaken” correct?

I want to write phrase "Capital of A is B, or I'm mistaken?", but I'm not sure that the second part of thus phrase is correct. Should I write "... or I've made a mistake?", or "... or I'm wrong?"? ...
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Usage of “isn’t it” in the sentence

Being a non-native speaker of English, I am less aware about the distinction between Asian and standard English. While conversing with my client, I came to realize that isn't it is used wrong in this ...
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What is the question tag for “I used to swim in the Tilak tank”?

What is the question tag that can be added to the following sentence? I used to swim in the Tilak tank. This is question from an MCQ test whose options were did I? would I?
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You have no idea, (…): “do you” or “don't you”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn’t you” Which one is correct? option 1: You have no idea, don't you? or, option 2: You have no idea, do you?
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Question tag for a sentence starting with “few”

Which is correct? Few people knew the way, didn't they? Few people knew the way, did they?
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“He has to do it. Hasn't he (to)?”

He has to do it. Hasn't he (to)? Is the 'to' correct/ incorrect/ unnecessary? Is that a case of an infinitive in interrogative tail (question tag)?
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Does “shouldn't” always take “should” as a question tag?

Which usage is correct? You shouldn't take sugar, should you? You shouldn't take sugar, will you?
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Tag question for a sentence starting with “ A/The number of” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “A number of students” vs “The number of students” A number of Indians have become software engineers in the USA because of their proficiency in ...
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Tagged question and perfect tense

I've just passed one of numerous English grammar online tests. And I agree with all the mistakes I've made except this one: You ______ put it back before the boss comes ...
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Punctuating question tags: A question mark is always required, isn't it. (Well, isn't it?)

Consider the sentence: You didn't leave the dog in the car, did you? In oral English, this statement may be spoken with a rising intonation or a falling one. If the former, it suggests that ...
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Future simple passive and phrases like “you do know that, don't you?”

I've just written a question and only after I'd done that did I think about if it's even correct: I hope all the scheduled payments will be sent this night, won't be they? What confuses me is ...
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Tag Questions “is he not”

"He is happy, isn't he?" If you did not use the contraction isn't he, in the question above, would the correct sentence be: "He is happy, is he not?" "He is happy, is not he?" Sentence #1 seems ...
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“I'm not X, am I?” vs. “I'm not X, do I?” [closed]

Which of the following is correct or better? Can they both be used? I'm not making any sense, am I? I'm not making any sense, do I?
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Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn't you”

Typically, when we ask for confirmation/denial of a statement, we say something like the following: We turn left here, don't we? You have a cat, don't you? We've met before, haven't we? ...
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What is the appropriate question tag for sentences such as “Neither of you is…”?

Neither of you is going to the show tonight, ____? Should it be isn't he/she? I think the fact that neither of you takes the third-person singular verb is means that a third-person question tag ought ...
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“Haven't you?” or “don't you?”

What is the right question tag (in British English) when we use the verb have? I have interviewed a few native speakers and none of them could explain why sometimes they prefer "haven't/hasn't" and ...
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“tag question” vs. “question tag”

I've just read this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_question So regarding this passage: The term "question tag" is generally preferred by British grammarians, while their American ...
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How to ask a question to confirm a negative situation?

For example, I want to make sure that Tom was not in Professor X's class. However, I can't ask: Wasn't Tom in Professor X's class last semester? Because that means I think Tom WAS in Professor ...
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How to reply to question tags

English is not my native-tongue, so I always find it hard to grasp the concept of "question tags" and more importantly the way to answer to them. Let me explain with the help of this situation - I am ...
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Why can positive statements end with a negative question and vice versa?

I had a hard time phrasing the actual question title—hopefully this doesn't mean it's too subjective—, but I'm curious about why positive (or negative) statements can be terminated by negative (or ...
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Answering questions with a negation at the end

How are you supposed to answer a question like this (assuming you're from Minnesota)? You are a Minnesotan, no? Are you supposed to give the same answer as your answer to this question or give ...
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About question tags

He did nothing*. Which is the correct question tag for the sentence above? didn't he? did he? What is the effect of using nothing for negation?