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    Default You may eat any clean bird, ___________?

    You may eat any clean bird, ___________?
    What kind of question tag goes into the above blank?

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    Default Re: You may eat any clean bird, ___________?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    You may eat any clean bird, __mayn't you_________?
    What kind of question tag goes into the above blank?
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    Default Re: You may eat any clean bird, ___________?

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
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    mayn't you?

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    Last edited by moniza; 26-Nov-2008 at 07:22.

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    Default Re: You may eat any clean bird, ___________?

    It is a contraction, as I'm sure you will have guessed, of 'may you not' and is correct English, if a bit archaic.

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    Default Re: You may eat any clean bird, ___________?

    Quote Originally Posted by moniza View Post
    mayn't you?
    it's strange, never heard.

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    This kind of question tag is called "positive statement with negative tag".
    You may eat any clean bird. (positive statement) Therefore we use negative tag and we have to add "not" in 'MAY EAT'.
    You may eat any clean bird, may not you? (wrong)
    In question tag, we must use short form(contraction). Therefore we must use:
    You may eat any clean bird, mayn't you?
    Hope you understand very well.

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    Default Re: You may eat any clean bird, ___________?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It is a contraction, as I'm sure you will have guessed, of 'may you not' and is correct English, if a bit archaic.
    - especially the last phrase! I hear 'mayn't you' rarely, and 'may you not' only in stiffly correct language - say an old teacher saying 'we may see... may we not, Binns Minor?', asking for attention by making an example of one of the class.

    Most users would reword the whole sentence, so that they could use some other modal in the tag question - 'can't we?' or 'couldn't I?' for example.

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