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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    It's optional, but stylistically inferior not to use it, in my view.
    Many thanks, Konungursvia.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    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.
    I'd class 'no' as a determiner here. Whatever it is, you are right - the tag is 'does he?' (or, for me: 'has he?').

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

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    I'd class 'no' as a determiner here. Whatever it is, you are right - the tag is 'does he?' (or, for me: 'has he?').
    Many thanks, Fivejedjon.

    He has no class friends... With the 'has' within the sentence, the question tag should be 'has', as you said, and I agree with you. It didn't cross my mind.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    In AmE, we more frequently switch to "doesn't" from the more British "hasn't". So that's okay too.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    In AmE, we more frequently switch to "doesn't" from the more British "hasn't". So that's okay too.
    Many thanks, Konungursvia, for telling me about the difference in the use of the question tag between BrE and AmE.

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    In BrE, most people would probably use 'have got'; for this, the tag must be 'has'.

    He's got no close friends, has he?
    He hasn't got any close friends, has he?

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    Re: positive question tag with negative verb

    Hi Fivejedjon.

    I appreciate very much your example sentences.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 26-May-2011 at 18:43.

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