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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    didn't/hadm't

    They had to get there in a taxi, didn't/hadn't they?

    I think it is "hadn't". Could some please confirm that I am correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 31-May-2010 at 18:43.

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    Re: didn't/;hadm't

    No, you're wrong.

    They had to get there in a taxi, didn't they?

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    Re: didn't/;hadm't

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    They had to get there in a taxi, didn't/hadn't they?

    I think it is "hadn't". Could some please confirm that I am correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    You know what 'semi' in semi-auxiliaries mean? It means they have tensed as well as tenseless forms. In negatives, when they are supported by an operator, they have tenseless form. When there is no operator, 'have to' is **finite (tensed)**. Operator is the first verb in interrogatives.

    Did you have to...? -- tenseless
    Had I to.. -- tensed (rare)

    They had to .. had they not to (≠ hadn't they) -- BrE; somewhat old-fashioned
    They had to .. did they not (have to...) = didn't they -- widely used pattern

    EDIT: ** .. **
    Last edited by corum; 31-May-2010 at 18:55.

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    Re: didn't/hadm't

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    They had to get there in a taxi, didn't/hadn't they?

    I think it is "hadn't". Could some please confirm that I am correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    Hi

    They had to get there by taxi [ in a taxi is wrongly used ], didn`t they?

    Had to [past form of must ] is conjugated as any other verb in the past:

    I had to go - affirmative
    Did I have to go? - interrogative
    I didn`t have to go - negative
    Didn`t I have to go? - interrogative - negative

    Here is a sentence where you have to choose hadn`t they:

    They had had to [ past perfect tense ] to go there before she arrived, hadn`t they?

    or

    She`d better see a doctor, hadn`t she?

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    Re: didn't/hadm't

    Corum and Teia seem to have different answers. Fighting Spirit's answer is "didn't they".

    Could anybody else give me his or her view?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 05-Jun-2010 at 14:32.

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