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Question Tag moved forward in sentence

If a question tag were moved forward in a sentence, how would it be punctuated? And if the question tag were a parenthetical, would the sentence still be a question? There’s no point, is there, in ...
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Can you ask questions ending with “are you/do you/did you etc.”?

Tired, are you? Cold outside, is it? Seen him around, have you? See her, did you? These sentences might not be grammatical, but I'd like to know if they would be frowned upon.
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Question tags at the end of the sentences

I have 2 questions: First, Which one is true between: I'm not your friend, am I? Or I'm not your friend, are I? I was confused since I knew we had to use aren't I instead of amn't I as question ...
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What is the difference between 'Beer' and 'Beers'? Which is correct? [duplicate]

Thank you for coming. I want to ask you "what is the difference 'Beer' and 'Beers'?" I had a job creating ads for foreigner. So, I made this sentence →"50% discount on All Beer." However I had ...
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Question tag after a verb modified by “only”

When a verb such as "can" is modified by "only", the meaning of the sentence becomes rather negative (impossibility rather than possibility), and to me it sounds strange to use the negative tag "can't ...
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Tag questions of proverbs, interrogative sentences and phrases

Problem 1: What is the correct tag question of proverbs like (a) None is none under the sun,isn't it/ are they? (b) Time and tide wait for none, isn't it/ do they? (c) Waste not, want not, isn't it?...
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Tag questions following that-clauses

Can you explain the difference between the tag questions in these two sentences, only one referencing the initial agent? John thinks I will help them with that work, doesn't he? I think everybody ...
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You wouldn't do something, would you?

I saw this form of request (or question) on an Australian tv show: You wouldn't be able to draw me a mud map of that, would you? And then the other guy replied: Yeah, sure I only understood ...
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Can you use a negative tag question after a sentence with 2 words that make it negative?

We always use kind of the opposite meaning of the main sentence in tag question. For example: He hasn't eaten yet, has he? But what should we do when there's another word that makes a sentence ...
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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Haven't we? vs Don't we?

We have plenty of time, don't we? We have plenty of time, haven't we? Which is correct - 1 or 2? They have already sent you the invitation, didn't they? They have already sent you the invitation, ...
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I am your learner and you are my mentor. question tag? [closed]

I would like to know whether there is a question tag for compound sentences. There are question tags for complex sentences.For example: I said that you were lazy.Didn't I? What is the question tag ...
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Question Tag for “Each”

Each of the students has done well in the examination, hasn't he? Is this correct question tag or it should be "haven't they"?
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Is there a term for giving context to a question directly following the question?

Example: Do you have lava flavored Ice Cream? I was recently on a trip to Hawaii and they had the most amazing lava flavored Ice Cream and I thought I just had to check to see if you had some. ...
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What is the question tag for sentences whose subjects are “none…is” and “each…is”? [duplicate]

I know that indefinite pronouns like none and each take singular verbs, but what about their question tags? None of the boys has passed the test, ________? Each of the girls was given a prize, ...
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Not your run of the ‘will’ tag question

The following example is from an Italian Quiz book whose aim is to help candidates prepare for English multiple choice tests. In many government run “concorsi” (competitive exams) you might have to ...
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Difference between fish feed and fish food [closed]

I'm asking what is the difference between fish feed and fish food
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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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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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“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 respond to ...
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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 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 about ...
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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 mayor&...
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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 ...