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"I can have a cookie, can't I?"

(Please ignore the double quotes while reading)

What is this type of question called?

Also, is it grammatically correct under American English?

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    I don't know what it's called, but it is a common (and grammatically correct) formulation of the question. It's kind of asking for permission, i.e. the negative "can't I" indicates the questioner doesn't want to presume. – Jeffrey Kemp Apr 23 '14 at 6:45
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That's called a tag question.

As far as I know, it's grammatically correct in many variants of English, American English included.

A question tag or tag question (also known as tail question) is a grammatical structure in which a declarative statement or an imperative is turned into a question by adding an interrogative fragment (the "tag"). For example, in the sentence "You're John, aren't you?", the statement "You're John" is turned into a question by the tag "aren't you".

(My emphasis.)

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    Could you provide a summary from the link? – Mari-Lou A Apr 23 '14 at 6:53
  • Thanks. It won't let me up vote this answer unless I have 15 rep. – Prathamesh Gharat Apr 23 '14 at 7:05

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