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    Hi Teachers

    Linguistics needn`t be taught to elementary students.

    1. Is this sentence correct ?
    2. What is the question tag for this sentence ? Is it "need it ? or "does it?"
    When am I supposed to use the auxiliary "do" in relation to the verb "need"?


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    Default Re: another question tag

    I suspect UK and US answers will differ here. I'd accept (and possibly prefer) 'need it'; but I've certainly heard 'does it'. The response, refuting the tag, though, would be 'Yes it does'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I suspect UK and US answers will differ here. I'd accept (and possibly prefer) 'need it'; but I've certainly heard 'does it'. The response, refuting the tag, though, would be 'Yes it does'.
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    Hi BobK

    Thank you again for your reply.

    All the best

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    Default Re: another question tag

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I suspect UK and US answers will differ here. I'd accept (and possibly prefer) 'need it'; but I've certainly heard 'does it'. The response, refuting the tag, though, would be 'Yes it does'.

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    AmE speakers would be more likely to say "doesn't need" rather than "needn't", so we would most commonly follow with "does it". Nevertheless, If I were to use "needn't", I would follow with "need" it".

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