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    positive question tag with negative verb

    1. He seldom studies for his exams, does/doesn't he?

    2. He never studies for his exams, does/doesn't he?

    3. He hardly studies for his exams, does/doesn't he?

    I believe in each of the above sentences, I should use 'does' because the adverb in each sentence is negative.

    Please correct ms if I am wrong.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    You are correct.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    What about: He has no close friends, does/doesn't he?

    For the above sentence, I would use 'does' because it sounds right to use 'does he'. I believe 'no' is the adverb in this case.

    Am I correct again?

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    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 25-May-2011 at 17:14. Reason: typo

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Could somebody please help? Thanks.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    He has no close friends, does/doesn't he?
    It doesn't sound natural either way.

    "He doesn't have any close friends, does he?" is how I would say it.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    It sounds natural to me, as quoted by Dave.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Could somebody please help? Thanks.
    I would like to know whether the comma in the above sentence is optional.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 25-May-2011 at 18:42.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    There is no comma in what you quoted.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I would like to know whether the comma in the above sentence is optional.

    Thanks.
    It's optional, but stylistically inferior not to use it, in my view.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    There is no comma in what you quoted.
    Sorry, it should be a question mark.

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