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    Default how to call questions like "it is true, isn't it" and "it is not true, is it?"

    what is the grammatical names for these kinds of sentences "it is true, isn't it?" and "it is not true, is it?" and how to answer these questions? thank you

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    Default Re: how to call questions like "it is true, isn't it" and "it is not true, is it?"

    Quote Originally Posted by hwanggukyeon
    what is the grammatical names for these kinds of sentences "it is true, isn't it?" and "it is not true, is it?" and how to answer these questions? thank you
    tag questions

    just answer "yes" or "no"

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    Default Re: how to call questions like "it is true, isn't it" and "it is not true, is it?"

    Actually, just answering "yes" or "no" to the utterance "It isn't true, is it?" is confusing. If you answer (for example) "Yes", you can expect the next question to be "Do you mean yes it is, or yes it isn't?"

    The better answers would be: "Yes, it is" or "No, it isn't."

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