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    British English, tag question.

    1. He has a lot of money, doesn't he?
    2. He has a lot of money, hasn't he?
    3. He has to get up early every morning, doesn't he?
    4. He has to get up early every morning, hasn't he?
    #1 and #3 are correct in American English.
    Are #2 and #4 acceptable in British English?

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    #2

    Re: British English, tag question.

    In modern spoken BrE, the most commonly used would be: He's got a lot of money, hasn't he?

    In more formal BrE, it's: He has a lot of money, hasn't he?

    You will hear He has a lot of money, doesn't he? sometimes in BrE.
    Last edited by 5jj; 05-Oct-2011 at 14:16. Reason: spacing

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    Re: British English, tag question.


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    #4

    Re: British English, tag question.

    sitifan,

    Several times recently you have ended a thread with a link to another forum in which somebody has given a different opinion from one given in this forum. A more useful way of continuing the discussion, if you are not satisfied with the response you receive here, would be to say, “This link gives a different response; which one is correct?”

    You may not intend to do so, but your current method gives the impression of saying, “Here is a link that proves you wrong”.

    We ask people in this forum not to start two threads with the same question, because confusion may result. This is even more true if you ask the same question in more than one forum. One of the advantages of discussing something in just one thread is that each poster can read what other people have written. If two answers contradict each other, then we can usually decide between us which is correct. Sometimes we just have to accept that native speakers do not always agree about what is the ‘correct’ form, and sometimes we see that more than one answer is possible.
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    #5

    Re: British English, tag question.

    It doesn't actually give a different answer, just a less complete one. Sitifan, please explain why you posted this. This is a very rude thing to do- Fivejedjon goes to the trouble of explaining something and you drop this link in without a word of explanation as if this were somehow better than Fivejedjon's explanation. You haven't disproved Fivejedjon by posting a link to something that confirms his post; you have just shown yourself as ill-mannered. Don't ever do this again- if you do, I will take action.
    Last edited by Tdol; 06-Oct-2011 at 13:58.

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    Re: British English, tag question.

    From Fivejedjon's reply, I know that #2 is acceptable in British English. However, as to the acceptability of #4 in British English, no one in this forum has made any comment. So I added another link, hoping to make the discussion more complete. I didn't mean to give a different answer or disprove anyone. I do appreciate Fivejedjon's help very much. I sincerely express my apology if someone feels offended.
    Last edited by sitifan; 06-Oct-2011 at 14:14.

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