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    Terrible tag question

    For this sentence: "Hardly any rivers in the world are left unpolluted." Is this sentence correct or should be rewritten as "Hardly are any rivers in the world left unpolluted." (inversion) If I want to add a tag question how should I say? Thank you.

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    Re: Terrible tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by thienan123456 View Post
    For this sentence: "Hardly any rivers in the world are left unpolluted." Is this sentence correct or should be rewritten as "Hardly are any rivers in the world left unpolluted." (inversion) If I want to add a tag question how should I say? Thank you.
    The first sentence is correct; the second is not natural.

    In real life, people don't start a sentence with the idea of ending it with a tag question. Sometimes the subconscious decision to add a tag question is made only just before the time for it comes. In your first sentence, the time for it would not come.

    It could with: "There are hadly any rivers in the world left unpolluted, ...."

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    Re: Terrible tag question

    Can I ask why when "hardly" begins the sentence, the sentence structure isn't inverted?

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    Re: Terrible tag question

    "Hardly" is not an adverb modifying the action, as it is in "Hardly had the race started when..."

    It is modifying "any" and therefore is serving as a quantifier to tell you how many rivers.
    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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