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    Default Re: He must have arrived, mustn't he?/ hasn't he?

    In China, almost all gammar books say the tag question of 'He must have arrived' is 'hasn't he' and that of 'He must have arrived yesterday' is 'didn't he'. And they say 'mustn't he' is wrongly used.

    So I asked the question here. I searched the BNC and found in British English you use 'mustn't' and in American English you use 'didn't/hasn't'.

    I doubt that those grammar books written by Chinese writers are holding a one-sided view.

    I'm hoping both American and British native English speakers can talk about this and help me. Thanks a lot.
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    Default Re: He must have arrived, mustn't he?/ hasn't he?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    in china, almost all gammar books say the tag question of 'he must have arrived' is 'hasn't he' and that of 'he must have arrived yesterday' is 'didn't he'. And they say 'mustn't he' is wrongly used.

    to me, the focus is clearly on "(have) arrived", not on "must". So 'hasn't he?' seems to be the logical tag.

    one could use "mustn't he?" like this: he must go; mustn't he?



    thanks a lot.
    2006

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    Default Re: He must have arrived, mustn't he?/ hasn't he?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
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    Do you British native speakers agree with 2006? I noticed that in the BNC, nearly all such sentences go with 'mustn't'.

    Thank you again.

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