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    Question tag: is there or isn't there or both?

    There is little doubt in your mind that he is innocent, ____? A is there B isnít there C is he D isnít he

    It seems that both A and B are fine. How would native English speakers think of this test question?

    Many thanks in advance.


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    Re: Question tag: is there or isn't there or both?

    It's fine. The setter of the question is checking whether you realise that "There is little doubt ..." is a 'near-negative' form; only A is correct.
    Last edited by 5jj; 14-Jun-2012 at 11:35.

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    Re: Question tag: is there or isn't there or both?

    Thanks a lot, moderator. But the given answer is A. In China's tests, little, like seldom, is regarded as a negative word, so we are taught the tag requires no 'not'.
    Michael Swan's Practical English Usage: There's little we can do about it, is there? Which may have been where the teachers get their opinion.
    Last edited by joham; 14-Jun-2012 at 11:57. Reason: One sentence added.

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    Re: Question tag: is there or isn't there or both?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Thanks a lot, moderator. But the given answer is A. In China's tests, little, like seldom, is regarded as a negative word, so we are taught the tag requires no 'not'.
    My apologies. I meant to write 'A'. I have now changed my original post.

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