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    She has one dog, hasn't she?
    She has gone out already, hasn't she?

    but

    She had a great time, didn't she?
    ^ Is this happening to any expressions with 'have' like 'to have a great time, to have lunch, to have a bath'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina.W View Post
    She has one dog, hasn't she?
    I believe that doesn't she? is normal in AmE.
    She has gone out already, hasn't she?

    but

    She had a great time, didn't she?
    When 'have' means something like 'take, consume, experience, etc', we use the auxiliary DO for negative and interrogative forms as we do with any other lexical verbs.

    When it means something like 'possess', DO is commonly used as an auxiliary in AmE. Those speakers of BrE who use HAVE rather than HAVE (/'VE) GOT seem to be split between those who use DO and those who don't.

    When HAVE is used an auxiliary in perfect forms, DO is never used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I believe that does'nt she? is normal in AmE.
    I think you mean "doesn't she?", don't you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    I think you mean "doesn't she?", don't you?
    . I have changed it. Thanks.

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