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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 avoid the splice?

Correct would be:

I think it looks nice. Do you?

But if we use don't instead of do in the sentence above, then I would think that we've eliminated a potential comma splice. (See below.)

I think it looks nice, don't you?

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    This is not a usual tag question, which repeats the subject pronoun: I think it looks nice, don't I? This rarely happens with first person subjects. There are other kinds of tags, including the argumentative, which only occurs with two affirmatives: You think it looks nice, do you? With a clause as short as I think it looks nice there's really no room for comma intonation. The whole sentence I think it looks nice -- do you?, with suitable stress on I, nice, and you, is pronounced as one unit. – John Lawler Feb 26 '14 at 18:09
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    I'll insert the em dash in similar constructions, then. I think it looks nice – do you? Or I'll just use a full stop: I think it looks nice. Do you? – whippoorwill Feb 26 '14 at 18:22
  • I'd probably say I think it looks nice. What do you think? – Barmar Feb 27 '14 at 8:57
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As John Lawler notes in the comments:

This is not a usual tag question, which repeats the subject pronoun: I think it looks nice, don't I? This rarely happens with first person subjects. There are other kinds of tags, including the argumentative, which only occurs with two affirmatives: You think it looks nice, do you? With a clause as short as I think it looks nice there's really no room for comma intonation. The whole sentence I think it looks nice -- do you?, with suitable stress on I, nice, and you, is pronounced as one unit.

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I would use a semicolon. I think it looks nice; do you?

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