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    Dear teachers,
    plz tell me how do we form the tag question for the following:

    1- Peter has to clean his room, .......................?

    is there only one answer or more......thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman22 View Post
    Dear teachers,
    plz tell me how do we form the tag question for the following:

    1- Peter has to clean his room, .......................?

    is there only one answer or more......thank you very much.
    Peter has to clean his room, doesn't he? would be the most expected choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Peter has to clean his room, doesn't he? would be the most expected choice.
    Hello Eng,

    How are you? Hope you are
    Regarding the question,
    "does he not?" works too.
    Why is "have to" a semi-modal? "Semi" implies "resembling."
    Could anyone give me an example where "have to" shows characteristics resembling a modal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandman22 View Post
    plz Please tell me how do we form the tag question for in the following sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Hello Eng,

    How are you? Hope you are
    Regarding the question,
    "does he not?" works too.
    Why is "have to" a semi-modal? "Semi" implies "resembling."
    Could anyone give me an example where "have to" shows characteristics resembling a modal?
    Peter has to clean his room, hasn't he?


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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Peter has to clean his room, hasn't he?

    Do you have to play jokes on me?

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    In questions and negatives both the ordinary pattern and auxiliary pattern are accepted. Same with dare, need, used to, ?
    Otherwise the ordinary pattern applies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Peter has to clean his room, hasn't he?

    I don't think it's correct.

    He has to clean the room.
    Does he have to clean the room?
    He doesn't have to clean the room, does he?
    He has to clean the room, doesn't he?

    'Have' won't need an auxiliary only when used as part of a perfect tense-form.
    He has done the task, hasn't he?

    Why do you call it semi-modal? Because it has a paradygm of finite forms?

    With 'need' it's different.
    You needn't do it, need you?
    You don't need to do it, do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I don't think it's correct.
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    With 'need' it's different.
    You needn't do it, need you?
    You don't need to do it, do you?
    You see, Clark, it's even different with need. So why shouldn't it be the same with have to? Why do you think have to can't be different too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    You see, Clark, it's even different with need. So why shouldn't it be the same with have to? Why do you think have to can't be different too?
    Because 'need' has two forms - regular (it has finite forms) and defective (it doesn't have finite forms).
    The defective form can't be used in positive sentences and it is followed by a bare infinitive. The regular form is used in all kinds of sentences and is followed by a full infinitive.

    You can't say 'I need go there', you'll use the regular form: 'I need to go there'.
    The defective form can be followed by a perfect infinitive, while the regular form cannot: You needn't have gone there'. You won't say 'You didn't need to have gone there'.
    There are other distinctions.

    But 'have to' has only one form, which is not defective and which requires an auxiliary to build up negatives and questions.

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