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    Post Which is the right answer?

    Dearest teachers and users of this forum, i greet you all. I run into a "question tag" and was wondering if it's right.

    1- There is little water in the bottle.
    a-Is there.
    b-Isn't there.
    c-Is it.
    d-Isn't.
    Thanks

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    What do you think?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    Dearest teachers and users of this forum, i greet you all. I run into a "question tag" and was wondering if it's right.

    1- There is little water in the bottle.
    a-Is there?
    b-Isn't there?
    c-Is it?
    d-Isn't?

    I choose "a". Is there?
    Thanks

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    Quote Originally Posted by eddy143 View Post
    Dearest teachers and users of this forum, i greet you all. I run into a "question tag" and was wondering if it's right.

    1- There is little water in the bottle.
    a-Is there?
    b-Isn't there?
    c-Is it?
    d-Isn't?

    I choose "a". Is there?
    Thanks
    In my opinion that sentence is not suitable for a "question tag". Are you sure it's not "There is a little water..."?

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    I do agree it would be better with "a little water."

    Usually a tag reverses the main statement. There is... isn't there.

    With the built-in negative statement "There is little water," you wouldn't have to reverse. "There is little water, is there" would be the answer I'd give, IF you have faithfully recreated the question. (I would not be surprised to see others disagree with me, though.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I do agree it would be better with "a little water."

    Usually a tag reverses the main statement. There is... isn't there.

    With the built-in negative statement "There is little water," you wouldn't have to reverse. "There is little water, is there?" would be the answer I'd give, IF you have faithfully recreated the question. (I would not be surprised to see others disagree with me, though.)
    pssst - '?'

    I agree with you.

    There is a little (= some) water, isn't there?
    There is little (= not much) water, is there?

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    pssst - '?'

    I agree with you.

    There is a little (= some) water, isn't there?
    There is little (= not much) water, is there?
    Yes, I agree too.

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    Re: Which is the right answer?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    pssst - '?'

    I agree with you.

    There is a little (= some) water, isn't there?
    There is little (= not much) water, is there?
    This would also apply to other constructions where the sense is negative, but where there is no specifically negative word:
    "There's hardly any water left, is there?"
    "We barely have water, do we?"

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