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    Tag Questions

    The word "will" can be used to say what always happens in a particular situation or what is generally true:

    eg. Accidents will happen.

    If I am to use a tag question for the above sentence, which should it be? Is it "won't they?
    Or is it "don't they" ?

    Also, could somebody tell me the correct tag questions for the following sentences?

    -Joe must do it for us.
    -He must have forgotten it.


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    Re: Tag Questions

    John must do it for us, won't he? John must do it for us, right? even: John must do it for us, mustn't he?

    He must have forgotten it, hasn't he?

    Accidents will happen, won't they?

    (the intonation, rising or falling, is important for what kind of answer you expect)

    t.q. are constructed afresh for every sentence, and are therefore quite variable. Also, a tag question need not have the grammatical form of a question (will you?), since an adverb may serve the purpose instead: right? alright? surely? OK? But this would be informal.
    Last edited by bianca; 21-Jun-2007 at 19:21.

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