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    Pope isn’t a friendly boy. He has only a few friends,______ ?
    (A) doesn’t he (B) hasn’t he (C) does he (D) has he

    Which option is correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Pope isnít a friendly boy. He has only few friends,______ ?
    (A) doesnít he (B) hasnít he (C) does he (D) has he

    Which option is correct?
    (NOT a teacher) He has only a few friends, _____? Here in the United States, most people would use "doesn't he." "Hasn't he" is also correct and preferred in some other countries.

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    I would go for 'doesn't he' too.

    He does have only a few friends.
    Does he have any friends?
    Has he any friends?

    [Not a teacher]

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Pope isn’t a friendly boy. He has only few friends,______ ?
    (A) doesn’t he (B) hasn’t he (C) does he (D) has he

    Which option is correct?
    In non-assertive contexts, 'have' can function as an auxiliary (formal) or a lexical verb (formal, informal).

    Has he not (only a few friends)? -- (the first auxiliary (operator) 'have' starts the sentence)
    or
    Does he not (have only a few friends)? -- ('does' support operator starts the sentence)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Pope isnít a friendly boy. He has only few friends,______ ?
    (A) doesnít he (B) hasnít he (C) does he (D) has he

    Which option is correct?
    Hasn't he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hasn't he.
    Merry Christmas. Explain, please.

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    Yes, Bhai is correct.

    For the very reason Kondorosi's just showed, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    Merry Christmas. Explain, please.
    Because the statement is "he has only a few friends" and logically the tag is "hasn't he". I can't imagine why anyone would want to introduce "does". Merry Christmas to you too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    I would go for 'doesn't he' too.

    He does have only a few friends.
    Does he have any friends?
    Has he any friends?

    [Not a teacher]
    What is wrong with "has he any friends"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Because the statement is "he has only a few friends" and logically the tag is "hasn't he". I can't imagine why anyone would want to introduce "does". Merry Christmas to you too.
    The answer is very simple. Have, be, and do are primary verbs. In non-assertive territories (negatives and questions), 'have' can be either an auxiliary or a 'normal' verb. If we treat 'have' as an auxiliary, then it will be the operator that introduces the question. In case we regard it as a normal verb, do support is needed.

    http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post548387

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