What is the question tag of the following:
He can't have bought a house, ...?
If the question tag for He must have bought a house, can't he?, then the tag for He can't have bought a house - is 'must he'?
Thanks for your help.
Where are you getting this grammatical advice from?
He can't have bought a house, can he?
He must have bought a house, mustn't he?
(This is not a good construction. A native speaker would be satisfied with saying:
"He must have bought a house?" stressing 'must' and with a facial look that reads "I'm going to have a hard time believing otherwise!"
Last edited by David L.; 08-Dec-2008 at 17:44.
Thanks RonBee and David L.!
Does it mean that the tag in -
He must have bought a house, can't he?
is incorrect? A textbook key suggested 'can't he'.
Last edited by palinkasocsi; 08-Dec-2008 at 18:11.
What book is it you are reading this in?
Last edited by inorderto; 08-Dec-2008 at 18:11.
It is a Hungarian textbook, preparing students for language exams. There are textbook editors who think they speak good English. In most cases it is true. This seems to be an exception.
To find out whether my question is "natural" for a native or not, please ask a native.
Your question: What book is it you are reading this in?
As a non-native English speaker I think that your question is not natural.
Is this sentence natural for a native one? If not, help me to rephrase it please.
How would you have phrased the question?
(I think I know; but then we will have something specific to discuss.!