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    #1

    Question Tag questions (please answer)

    Hello guys,,:") I have a question and I wish you to answer it for me..:")

    They have to wear uniforms............... ?
    1-Haven't they 2-Don't they 3-Doesn't they(I'm sure this isn't the answer)




    Thanks Alot,,:")

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Not a teacher

    Question tags are always formed with the auxialiry or modal verb used to form the interrogative, so the answer to your question is, obviously:

    They have to wear uniforms. Haven´t they?

    M.

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Question tags are always formed with the auxialiry or modal verb used to form the interrogative, so the answer to your question is, obviously:

    They have to wear uniforms. Haven´t they?

    M.
    I am afraid not. 'Have to' operates as a full verb for all but a tiny minority of speakers, most of whom are older than I (so there aren't many of them left).

    For most people it's: They have to wear uniforms, don't they?

    However, it's: They've got to wear uniforms, haven't they?
    Here 'have' operates as an auxiliary.

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Thank you Fivejedjon, you are always most appreciated. I assume, thus, that:

    "Have you a book?"

    As in "Essential English for Foreign Students" by C.E. Eckersley (1892–1967), whom I truly respect for his rather pioneering efforts, is now archaic and should be better put as

    "Do you have a book?"

    Or:

    "Have you got a book?"

    Respectfully,

    M.

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Thank you Fivejedjon, you are always most appreciated. I assume, thus, that:

    "Have you a book?"

    As in "Essential English for Foreign Students" by C.E. Eckersley (1892–1967), whom I truly respect for his rather pioneering efforts, is now archaic and should be better put as

    "Do you have a book?"

    Or:

    "Have you got a book?"

    Respectfully,

    M.
    For which the respective tag questions would be:

    1) You have a book, don't you?
    2) You've got a book, haven't you?

    It's no wonder this language is so confusing sometimes!

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Thank you Fivejedjon, you are always most appreciated. I assume, thus, that:

    "Have you a book?"

    As in "Essential English for Foreign Students" by C.E. Eckersley (1892–1967), whom I truly respect for his rather pioneering efforts, is now archaic and should be better put as

    "Do you have a book?"

    Or:

    "Have you got a book?"

    Respectfully,

    M.
    Yes, "Have you got a book?" and "Do you have a book?" are what you will usually read/hear.

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    For which the respective tag questions would be:

    1) You have a book, don't you?
    2) You've got a book, haven't you?

    It's no wonder this language is so confusing sometimes!
    I would say "You have a book, haven't you?"

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Right you are, Emsr2D2! A constantly evolving language keeps me riveted.

    But then Bahisahab:

    "You have a book, don't you?"

    And:

    "You don't have a book, do you"

    Are also acceptable, aren't they?

    Cheers,

    M.

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Right you are, Emsr2D2! A constantly evolving language keeps me riveted.

    But then Bahisahab:

    "You have a book, don't you?"

    And:

    "You don't have a book, do you"

    Are also acceptable, aren't they?

    Cheers,

    M.
    I wouldn't say "You have a book, don't you".

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    Re: Tag questions (please answer)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't say "You have a book, don't you".
    Neither would I, but our friends across the pond would.

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