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    Dear teachers,

    I forgot how to edit the title. It should be "question tag".

    Please read the following sentences:


    1. He must have waited for long, hasn't he?
    2. You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, did you?

    I have two questions:

    No.1
    Both are of the same structure"must have done something".
    The only difference is in the second sentence there is "last Saturday". Does it mean when there is past tense then we should use "did"?

    No.2
    In the first sentence there is "hasn't he" but in the second sentence there is "did you" instead of "didn't you". Could you please explain why?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 15-Nov-2009 at 13:28.

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    Re: more on models

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the following sentences:


    1. He must have waited for long, hasn't he?
    2. You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, did you?

    I have two questions:

    No.1
    Both are of the same structure"must have done something".
    The only difference is in the second sentence there is "last Saturday". Does it mean when there is past tense then we should use "did"?

    No.2
    In the first sentence there is "hasn't he" but in the second sentence there is "did you" instead of "didn't you". Could you please explain why?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    They are both wrong Jiang.
    1. He must have waited for a long time, mustn't he?
    2. You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, did you?
    There is no way to make 2 right.

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    Re: more on models

    Dear bhaisahab,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. These sentences are from my grammar book.
    So the second sentence can't be put the following way:
    You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, musn't you?

    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both wrong Jiang.
    1. He must have waited for a long time, mustn't he?
    2. You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, did you?
    There is no way to make 2 right.

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    Re: more on models

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear bhaisahab,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. These sentences are from my grammar book.
    So the second sentence can't be put the following way:
    You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, musn't you?

    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    You must have met Mr.Clark last Saturday, musn't you?

    Grammatically this is OK, but it's a very strange sentence.

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