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    Default Don't tell Sam to come downstairs

    In the negative imperative mood like 2, does a tag question have to be "will you" or "won't you"?
    In 1, does it always have to be "will you", which is in my grammar book?

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    1.Tell Sam to come downstairs, will you?
    2.Don't tell Sam to come downstairs, will you(won't you)?

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    Default Re: Don't tell Sam to come downstairs

    I would say "Don't tell Sam to come downstairs, would you?" The addition of would you makes it a request rather than an order. Will you is also okay, but to me it seems slightly more towards command than request.

    2. As in 1 they both soften the request but would you softens more than will you. Won't you is even softer than would you in my opinion.
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    Default Re: Don't tell Sam to come downstairs

    Any form of question tag on a negative imperative sounds unnatural to me.
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    Default Re: Don't tell Sam to come downstairs

    Don't tell your grandchildren Father Christmas isn't real, will you. ?

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    Default Re: Don't tell Sam to come downstairs

    You mean only a positive tag question(would you) works for positive imperative like 1(Tell~),
    but both positive and negative tag questions (would you/will you/won't you) work for negative imperative like 2(Don't tell~), right?

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