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    What are the question tags for the following:

    She never smokes. does she? or does'nt she?
    Few people came. do they? or do'nt they
    A few people came. did they? or did'nt they

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    Default Re: tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by alexka View Post
    What are the question tags for the following:

    1. She never smokes. does she? or does'nt she?
    2. Few people came. do they did they? or do'nt they
    3. A few people came. did they? or did'nt they
    In #1, the statement is negative in meaning, so the tag needs to be affirmative.
    Ib #2, 'few' has the idea of 'not many', and , once again we have a negative statement (in its implications), and so an affirmative tag. Note the tense!
    In #3, 'a few' has the idea of 'some' - affirmative statement, negative tag.

    The apostophe is placed where a letter has been omitted; the correct forms are doesn't, don't, didn't.

    It is possible to have an affirmative statement with an affirmative tag, and a negative statement with a negative tag, but we are dealing here with normal usage.,

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