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Tag questions: special cases with "I/you/we/they/he/she/it think(s) + clause,…?

I see some differences in the way we use "tag" when we change subject "Ex: I think he will come here, won't he? She thinks he will come here, doesn't she?" I wonder whether it is correct or not if I ...
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We haven't done this in a while, haven't we? [migrated]

We haven't done this in a while, haven't we? I am aware that this is a double negative, and technically it should be "have we?" at the end of the sentence. However, is the question grammatically ...
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what is the meaning of time this---His success was down to being in the right place at the right time [closed]

what is the meaning of this---His success was down to being in the right place at the right time
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Which tag question is right for this sentence? [closed]

Nowadays the only thing people seem to be interested in is earning more and more money, ____ ? a) don't they b) isn't it c) don't you d) will you Please explain which is the correct tag ...
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Question tags when 'nobody' is the object

As far as I know, the appearence of 'nobody' makes the question negative. So the question tag should be positive, right? But what if the subject isn't nobody and the object is? Example : I invited ...
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What will be the question tag of this sentence,“Everyone of us has to cooperate, _______?” [closed]

I think it'll be "hasn't we?". But I feel that it'll be "don't we?". Also what is the question tag of, "Man is mortal _____?" Will it be "isn't he?" or "aren't they?"
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Correct or not? “I'm so happy having found you.”

Is this sentence correct? I'm so happy having found you. or is it better to say: I'm so happy to have found you. Thank you
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“Shall” at the end of a sentence

I hear people ending sentences in a question like: you didn't ...do you? he is ... isn't he? she should... shouldn't she? What about shall? Can I say: I shall (do something), shall I? or I shall... ...
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Can it is be replaced with were in the past? [closed]

Can is be replaced with were in the past ???
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Question tag for “you must have felt it too”?

Which of these question tags is most appropriate for There has been an earthquake. You must have felt it too, __ ? – , haven't you? – , didn't you? – , mustn't you?
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Where usage in the question type? [duplicate]

I want to ask where usage in the following sentences: "Can you tell us where you are hurt?"** and why we didn't use as like this form: "Can you tell us where are you hurt?" It is question why ...
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Tag Question questions [duplicate]

Linda read a novel which is written in English,    ?   (A) does she (B) doesn't she (C) did she (D) didn't she The answer is "(c) did she", but why is it (c) and not "(D) didn't she"? These aren't ...
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Comma or no comma before a proper name in a “tag question”?

First question. Which of these "tag question" variations is most correct? You're going, right John? You're going, right, John? You're going. Right, John? (1) looks best, imo. (2) seems more proper, ...
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Why do we ask 'isn't it/that..?' rather than 'is it/that..?' when asking for confirmation of a statement?

In this question I am asking why we use the negative (isn't it/that), as if we are challenging their point of view, rather than the positive (is it/that), as if we are expecting them to agree with us, ...
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Confusion over question tag

1.What's the question tag of the sentence "One of the children likes cricket" ?? Is it possible to use "doesn't one?" 2.And that of "He has many supporters" .. "Hasn't he?" Or "Doesn't he?"
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“Will I open this box?” - “No, you mustn't.”

I'm struggling with "will I" in this sentence. Is it grammatically correct? I know that "shall I" would be fine, but does "will I" work too?
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Is “You're an early bird, don't you?” correct grammar?

I had a discussion with a friend. He said to someone: "You're an early bird, don't you?" I said it should be: "You're an early bird, aren't you?" It is a regular tag question; if ...
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Question tag for “She thinks that he's on a diet, ______?”

She thinks that he's on a diet, ______? Can anyone tell me which question tag best fills in the above blank? Should it be "doesn't she?", or "isn't he?" I'd like to stick to the usual affirmative-...
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question tags with or responses to “Seldom/Rarely/hardly” statements?

We have had questions and answers here and elsewhere about how to properly question-tag or respond to normal statements like I go to the store on Tuesdays I hate mushrooms and to "negative-...
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“doesn’t it”/“don’t they” with “every” as a determiner

Which of the two is correct: “Every cell phone does that, doesn’t it?” or “Every cell phone does that, don’t they?”
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“You haven't done it, have you not?” Northern sayings

"We've never played that game before have we not James?" Is this correct? I say it's incorrect, my wife says it is correct. I believe it should be "We've never played that game before have we ...
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What kind of grammar is this? Question without question form? [duplicate]

"That's why you did this!?" That's obvious a question, but no question form is used? Shouldn't it be something like "is that why you did this?"
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What should a sentence meant to emphasize something using a question tag end in?

Consider these two sentences: But aren't you a superhero? But aren't you a superhero. One of them ends in a question mark while the other ends in a full-stop. My grammar checker doesn't ...
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Query about the usage of question tags [closed]

Shut the door, will you? Shut the door, won't you? I can't tell which way is the correct way. Both of these sound correct to me.
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Does the following tag question sound natural? “Seems like it’s no longer possible, is it?”

I'm not sure if it is actually a tag question though. Because if it were a tag question then most probably, there should be doesn’t it at the end of it. But that’s not what I want to ask the person ...
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Tags with or : Or do I ? Is it always proper english?

I often see sentences with the structure Girls just wanna have fun, or do they? I know that with tags, the modal is supposed to be affirmative if the phrase was negative, and negative if the ...
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Answering tag questions

I know this is a duplicate, I couldn't get an answer from other topics. Kids are bad, aren't they? yes they are, no they aren't. Kids aren't bad, are they? yes they are, no they aren't. Generally, ...
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“No + noun ” for question tag rule [closed]

I got a sentence and I need to make question tag. 1) No man is parfect. please what would be the question tag for this sentence? Is it the same rule, like no one,no body? Is there any exceptional ...
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No with a interrogative intonation replacing question tags

Is there a more relaxed attitude towards using 'no?' at the end of a sentence as an invitation for confirmation? In English, question tags serve this purpose; e.g. 'John has been drinking a lot, ...
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Common tag question for “must”

In this question, the OP wrote this: She must leave early, mustn't she? But I read this sentence here: You must go, needn't you? I read about must have here, but it doesn't say explain a lot ...
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Which is the proper way to use “correct” after asking question in a sentence? [closed]

Here are some example sentences: Your name is John, correct? You're married, correct? I am even curious about using ", right" instead of the other in certain sentences. Is the comma before "...
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Question tag problem [duplicate]

What is the appropriate question tag for the following sentence? A man like you shouldn't do this , _________ ? ("should you" or "should he") I think it should be "should you" after reading about ...
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Mayoral Pronoun; it or he/she

Recently I have heard both of the following sentences: The previous mayor was a woman, wasn't she? The mayor is male, isn't it? These seem to me to bear a gender contradiction here; "the ...
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Which is correct? She said it was more beautiful, didn't she or wasn't it?

She said it was more beautiful, didn't she? She said it was more beautiful, wasn't it? This sentence confused me. Usually we use the tag with the main verb, so "didn't she" is correct, but there are ...
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“She must have done that, mustn't she?” (Tail/tag questions with “Can/may/must + Present Perfect”)

How often can you hear an educated native speaker say She can't have done that, can she? She can have done that, can't she? She mustn't have done that, must she? She must have done that, mustn't she?...
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Question about question tag

You don't like our teacher , do you ? A Yes, He is terrible B No, his way of teaching is wonderful C Yes, He is a good teacher D No, He teaches well I was wondering which one to choose. ...
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Which auxiliary should I use in this question tag? [closed]

Children sleep with a smile. Funny,_____? I need a question tag. Which one is it: isn't it or aren't they or don't they?
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“He must have overslept, mustn't he?” versus “… , hasn't he?” or “… , didn't he?” Which is correct?

Which question tag should follow He must have overslept ? He must have overslept, mustn't he ? or He must have overslept, hasn't he ? or even He must have overslept, didn't he ? What ...
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Using “let” in imperative sentence

Which one is correct? Don't let us stay here, will you? Don't let us stay here, shall we? I have chosen the first one because "let" is used here as "allow" but my colleague made me ...
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Tag question with 'used to be'

I cannot find any resources online for tag question with the phrase 'used to be'. I'm looking for something that can give the rules for this example, "He used to be handsome, didn't/wasn't he? Thanks ...
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How should I use the question “or am I?” and what does it express? [closed]

I've seen it many times, but I just don't get it. I am a good student, or am I? I am not a good student, or am I not? I am a good student, or am I not? I am not a good student, or am ...
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Grammar: Question tags [closed]

Kevin dislikes eating tomatoes, does/doesn't he? Should the correct answer be 'does he' as 'dislikes' makes the first part of the statement negative? Thanks.
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How to use will in tag questions [closed]

Open the door, will you? Open the door, won't you? As I know the first one is the right one, but last week I came across with the second one, so I am really confused now.
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How do we respond to tag question after urgings starting with 'Let's'?

There is a question bothering me. It is about an acceptable response to a tag question following Let's ... The following example is from English Club: A: "Let's go, shall we?" B: "________." ...
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What kind of question-tag is this: “I was in the bath, wasn't I?” Is it polite? rude?

Context: (BrE) - a friend is complaining... a- "I phoned you three times this morning but you never answered." b- "I was in the bath, wasn't I? Why the question-tag, if the listener had no idea ...
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What is the question tag for: "They got the answers, ____?

What would be the appropriate question tag for the sentence "They got the answers yesterday, ______?" Is haven't they the correct question tag? I would also like to know the different American ...
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Position of interrogative auxiliary verbs as replies to statements [closed]

Imagine someone states the following to you: I think you're mistaken. We've never traveled to Italy together. What's the difference between the following two responses, if any? Haven't we? ...
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“Is he” versus “Isn't he” as Question Tags [duplicate]

This question ends with is he: He is seldom absent, is he? Shouldn't it be isn't he? Please explain.
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“Has/Have/Had” as a main verb and auxiliary verb

I need help regarding the use of has/have/had both as a main verb and as an auxiliary verb. In the sentence below, the word has acts as the main verb. I would normally follow it with the phrase "so ...