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    Tag question with "it"?

    It is obvoius that they are trying to cheat, Is not it?


    Cannot we use " Aren't they " in the above question?

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by nathesh2011 View Post
    It is obvoius that they are trying to cheat, Is not it?


    Cannot we use " Aren't they " in the above question?
    No, use "is it not" or "isn't it". "isn't it" is the contraction of "is it not".

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by nathesh2011 View Post
    It is obvoius that they are trying to cheat, Is not it?


    Cannot we use " Aren't they " in the above question?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The moderator has given us an excellent answer.

    (2) I just wanted to ask that you look closely at that sentence, and then you will

    better understand why "aren't they" is not possible.

    (3) Your sentence is -- grammatically speaking -- like this:

    It (that they are trying to cheat) is obvious.

    (a) The words "that they are trying to cheat" explain the word "it."

    (b) Now look at what happens when we delete (erase) "that they are trying

    to cheat":

    It is obvious.

    Therefore, we have: It is obvious, isn't it.

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    It is obvious that they are trying to cheat, Is not it?

    ^ Isn't it a rule in the structure of the tag question, for the verb to be negated and in the abbreviated form?

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    NOT A TEACHER!

    It isn't a rule that the verb in the tag question must be negated. It is a rule that they must be balanced.
    She is French, isn't she?
    She's not French, is she?

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    I know the rule. I was specifically referring to abbreviating the verb (in the positive or in the negative form).

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    There is no rule that say that the contracted form of the negative must be used in tags, but it usually is.

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by nathesh2011 View Post
    It is obvoius that they are trying to cheat, Is not it?


    Cannot we use " Aren't they " in the above question?
    No. The question tag (in the negative) should refer to the main (positive) verb, which is normally found at the beginning of the statement.

    It is obvious that they are trying to cheat, isn't it?

    They are trying to cheat, aren't they?

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    Re: Tag question with "it"?

    Quote Originally Posted by easybreakable View Post

    ^ Isn't it a rule in the structure of the tag question, for the verb to be negated and in the abbreviated form?

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) All the posters have given us really useful information.

    (2) As the moderator said, there is no 100% rule that the tag question has to be negated or in abbreviated (contracted form).

    (3) Tag questions are NOT an easy matter. Some scholars say that they are

    still trying to understand completely the subject of tag questions.

    (4) For example, you could say:

    (a) It is obvious, isn't it?
    (b) It is obvious, is it not?
    (c) It is obvious, is it?

    (4a) is probably the most common form.

    (4b) is very formal; some people would use it for special emphasis (strength). (For example, one source on the Internet reminded me that judges and lawyers in court often speak like this: It is obvious that you are guilty, is it not! Tell the truth to the court, and you will receive a lighter prison term!)

    (4c) is not used very often. You use it when you are not asking a question. You

    are really ageeing with what the other person said:

    Tom: You love me.
    Mona: It is obvious, is it! (I have been trying to hide my love for you. I guess that I did a bad job, for my love is so obvious to you.)

    Sometimes, you use it when you want to be sarcastic (rude):

    The Parser: I am a native speaker.

    Martha: You are a native speaker, are you! Well, then, why don't you know more about English grammar! I think that some learners know more grammar than you do, Mr. Native Speaker!
    Last edited by TheParser; 03-Dec-2011 at 00:08.

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    Thumbs up Re: Tag question with "it"?

    TheParser, thank you for such great answer, I learn many new things from your comprehensive posts.


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