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    What is it called when you use a negative to imply a positive for example 'works well doesn't it'. I know this is technically bad grammar but is there a specific term for this phrase?

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    The 'doesn't it' bit is sometimes called a 'question tag'.

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    Default Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    What is it called when you use a negative to imply a positive for example 'works well doesn't it'. I know this is technically bad grammar but is there a specific term for this phrase?
    I agree with TMB, question tag is the term you're looking for. Please note, there's a comma before the tag,

    EX: It works well, doesn't it?

    Other examples
    She will go, won't she?
    They are nice, aren't they?
    It is going to rain, isn't it?
    We should go, shouldn't we?
    I can drive, can't I?

    Note, when the main verb is HAVE/HAS, either haven't/hasn't or don't/doesn't is used.

    EX: She has a car, hasn't she? / doesn't she?
    EX: They have a car, haven't they? / don't they?

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