What is the term used to describe sentences such as:

They did all they could, they did.
It was a gorgeous day, it was.

EDIT: Thank you so much to all who helped; you guys are great!

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    The form of words where a statement is made then repeated immediately is a common form of emphasis in many dialects of spoken English, it's certainly very common in British vernacular speech, but it's rarely if ever used in written English. As I said it is used for emphasis "That was a job and a half, that was" means that the task was very hard "It was a gorgeous day, it was" means that the weather was exceptionally good, "She's a pretty girl , she is" means that she is really pretty and so on. There is almost certainly a word for the form but I don't know it. Someone else probably does. – BoldBen Apr 11 at 2:55
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    The technical term for the rule is Right Dislocation. The subject noun phrase is moved to the end of the sentence, and a pronoun is left behind. There is also Left Dislocation (though not with this sentence, which already has a pronoun subject). My old may, he can fix anything (left) vs He can fix anything, my old man (right). These are copying rules, not movement rules that don't leave a pronoun, like Topicalization: This one I like; the others i don't like. – John Lawler Apr 11 at 4:06
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    @Araucaria It looks like a 'tag statement'; the parallel one associated with Irish English includes 'so'. 'He had a pony, so he did.' 'It's Pat and Mick, so it is.' – Edwin Ashworth Apr 11 at 14:49
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    @JohnLawler Is it a RD though? It has an aux attached. Is it perhaps a tag of some sort? – Araucaria - Not here any more. Apr 11 at 16:38
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    @Araucaria-Nothereanymore. No, you're right, It's a tag statement, not RD. My mistake. RD would be She was beautiful, that woman. – John Lawler Apr 11 at 16:47

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