Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    pinbong is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    76
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default A question regarding "tags", which "tag" is correct?

    Hi, teachers:

    Can you tell me which one of the following sentences is correct? (The focus here is the "tags" following each question, which is one of my big weaknesses.)

    Looks like not all native-speakers know these two words, doesn't it?
    or should it be:

    Looks like not all native-speakers know these two words, do they?
    or
    Looks like not all native-speakers know these two words, don't they?
    Any rule to follow when the preceding sentence is a composite sentence?

  2. #2
    5jj's Avatar
    5jj is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    28,167
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: A question regarding "tags", which "tag" is correct?

    Quote:
    Looks like not all native-speakers know these two words, doesn't it?
    Correct.

    Looks like not all native-speakers know these two words, do they?
    I'd say this is acceptable, in conversation at least.

    Looks like not all native-speakers know these two words, don't they?
    No

    Any rule to follow when the preceding sentence is a composite sentence?

    It's not really about rules in conversation. Many people use the tag that is appropriate for the thought in their minds, rather than the actual words. Thus:

    He has worked in Germany, didn't he?

    is wrong by any rule. However, in conversation the speaker might, before he has completed the utterance, answer in his own mind the question 'has he worked in Germany?' with the thought 'Of course he has - he worked there in 2006'. So he adds the tag 'didn't he?' to the unuttered words 'he worked in Germany in 2006'.

    I am not suggesting that you do this yourself. I am merely saying that you will hear utterances which are 'incorrect', but which will go unnoticed in conversation.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-Sep-2008, 08:27
  2. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33
  3. "inside" As Adverb And Question Tags
    By Jesule in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 22-Apr-2006, 14:11
  4. Activities for "Tag Question" lesson plan
    By Lesson Plan in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Feb-2006, 05:49
  5. between "have" and "do" in a question tag
    By kahhong in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 27-Jan-2006, 14:14

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •