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What the tag will be if there's 'must'?
e.g. You must study hard, .....(mustn't you/needn't you?)
Personally I am for mustn't. However it seems that my teacher has different opinion.
Last edited by tom3m; 28-Sep-2011 at 21:01.
I've tried the "haven't" version with various situations but it sounds very unnatural to me:
"I have to go to school, haven't I?" - sounds unnatural
"I have to go to school, don't I?" - sounds natural.
As usual, it's my personal take on things!
ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION
(1) I understand how you feel.
(2) I was fascinated to read a while back that some books in a certain country
(I shall, of course, not name the country except to say that it is near your country)
were teaching the following to their students:
May I go home? No, you mustn't.
May I take your pen? Yes, you may.
Must I do it? No, you needn't.
I use You have to study hard, don't you? as well, though haven't you used. I think of have to as a normal verb and don't use any forms like a modal with it.
What question tag would you use after this sentence, "After all, this is what you think, ..."? ("Isn't it", or "don't you"?) My choice would be, "isn't it" (After all, THIS IS what you think, isn't it?), but I'm not sure. What do you say?
PS: After re-wording my sentence a little bit ("That's what" instead of "this is"), I got 145 results for "That's what you think, isn't it?" and only 12 for "That's what you think, don't you?".
I'd use That's what/This is what you think, isn't it?
Thank you very much for your quick response, Tdol.