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    Dear teachers!
    - Your father says that you are going to go abroad,............?
    A. doesn't he
    B. aren't you
    My teacher says A is correct but I don't know why B is incorrect.

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    Default Re: About tag question

    Your father says that you are going abroad, doesn't he?

    This is correct, since we know who says (does) it.

    Compare:

    You are going abroad, aren't you?

    This is correct too.

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    Default Re: About tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Your father says that you are going abroad, doesn't he?

    This is correct, since we know who says (does) it.

    Compare:

    You are going abroad, aren't you?

    This is correct too.
    Thank Mr.Bennevis!
    So when a sentence has 2 clauses (or more), the subject and the verb of the first one are always used for making a tag question. Is it right?

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    Default Re: About tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    Thank Mr.Bennevis!
    So when a sentence has 2 clauses (or more), the subject and the verb of the first one are always used for making a tag question. Is it right?
    No. It's the main clause that has the tag; that may be the second clause:

    Although he's rich, he isn't happy, is he?

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    Default Re: About tag question

    What about this?
    - I heard you were going abroad, _______ ?
    Are DIDN'T I or WEREN'T YOU correct, please?

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    Default Re: About tag question

    What is the main clause? I heard [something]. So it would be "didn't I?" -- But that's a very unlikely thing to say. How would that person know what you heard?

    By the way: "Is" X or Y the right choice, not "Are" X or Y the right choice.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: About tag question

    I have seen this.
    - Let me bring something to your party tonight, won't you?
    I am wondering if it can be will you instead of won't you.

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    Default Re: About tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    - Let me bring something to your party tonight, won't you?
    I am wondering if it can be will you instead of won't you.
    It's possible.

    Note that in BrE the tag for let's is normally shall we?

    Let's go to the beach, shall we?

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