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Understanding and Using Tag Questions (#4), by Dennis Oliver

 
 

Tag Questions #4:

Unusual Tag Endings

 

Normally, tag questions end with BE or an auxiliary verb and
a subject pronoun or there. Sometimes, however, other
endings
are used. The most common one is probably
right?. It can be
used with both affirmative ( + ) and
negative ( - ) sentences:

He's a nice person, right?
He isn't a nice person, right?

She's coming with us, right?
She isn't coming with us, right?

There were at the party, right?
They weren't at the party, right?

She likes me, right?
She doesn't like me, right?

We remembered everything, right?
We didn't forget anything, right?

She's been here before, right?
She's never been here before, right?

You'd seen the movie before, right?
You hadn't seen the movie before, right?

He can fix my car, right?
He can't fix my car, right?

etc.

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Sometimes correct? is also used in the same way, but it's
considerably more formal than "right?":

He's a nice person, correct?
He isn't a nice person, correct?

She's coming with us, correct?
She isn't coming with us, correct?

There were at the party, correct?
They weren't at the party, correct?

She likes me, correct?
She doesn't like me, correct?

We remembered everything, correct?
We didn't forget anything, correct?

She's been here before, correct?
She's never been here before, correct?

You'd seen the movie before, correct?
You hadn't seen the movie before, correct?

He can fix my car, correct?
He can't fix my car, correct?

 

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In addition, don't you agree? is sometimes also used like
a tag ending (though it's rather formal and is appropriate
only when an
opinion or judgment given):

He's a nice person, don't you agree?
He isn't a nice person, don't you agree?

She likes me, don't you agree?
She doesn't like me, don't you agree?

 

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Special Notes:

1.   In all the examples above, the endings ("right?,"
"correct?," "don't you agree?") have rising intonation.
     
2.   There are other words and phrases which can be used
like tag endings. Later Hints will give more information
on some of them.


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