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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    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.
    I am a bit of a traditionalist in my usage, but I am with tdol and ems on this.

    Slightly off-topic, I can't imagine anyone saying 'Haven't you to leave soon?' for 'Don't you have to leave soon?'
    Last edited by 5jj; 27-Jul-2012 at 22:13. Reason: typo

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "You have to study hard, haven't you?" would be my choice. "You have to study hard, don't you?" looks and sounds wrong to me.
    If I may ask, why would you choose a tag with 'have'. Have is not a modal verb here. I doubt that in a sentence 'You asked him to study hard.' you would use 'haven't you as well'. Is this still a matter of grammar or rather a matter of personal choice? Can you clarify your choice by quoting a grammar book? Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    If I may ask, why would you choose a tag with 'have'. Have is not a modal verb here. I doubt that in a sentence 'You asked him to study hard.' you would use 'haven't you as well'. Is this still a matter of grammar or rather a matter of personal choice? Can you clarify your choice by quoting a grammar book? Thank you
    I don't think bhai needs to justify his choice of an acceptable form here.

    Auxiliary DO is rarely used with BE functioning as a full verb and, for some speakers of BrE, it is not used with HAVE functioning as a main verb.

    A minority of speakers of BrE (including me a few years ago) do not use auxiliary DO with HAVE TO. That usage was the only correct form for prescriptivists when I was at school.The fact that it is dying out does not make it incorrect - yet.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Thank you for the explanation

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Is this still a matter of grammar or rather a matter of personal choice?
    NOT A TEACHER

    Based on my books, the Web, and 75 years of life here in the United States, I would say that 99.99% of native-born

    Americans would say, "You have to study hard, don't you?"

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