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    Given the two dialogues below.

    1)
    A: So, what field are you in?
    B: I'm a management consult and advise people who have been thinking about setting up their own business.
    A: Oh, you do?

    2)
    A: So, what field are you in?
    B: I'm a management consult and advise people who have been thinking about setting up their own business.
    A: Do you?

    What types of question do we have in both dialogues? Can we say they're both tag questions?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Are either tag questions?

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    1. I think the dialogue will may be:

    A: So, what field are you doing ?
    B: I'm working in management's field. I consult and advise people who have thought about setting up their own business.
    A: Oh, it's cool.

    In last sentence, you can say:"Really ? Oh, It's great" or "Really ? Oh, It's cool" - But I think it's not the best choice in this context.

    2. The tag question:
    In your dialogue, the questions "Do you ?" and "Oh, you do ?" - are not tag questions. If you say: "You have a good job, don't you ?", it will be a tag question.
    Last edited by vhb2006; 08-Sep-2006 at 03:50.

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