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    question tags

    Hi
    Could you kindly help me? Based on Oxford Learner's Grammar by John Eastwood, whenever the sentence is positive and the tag is positive as well, it's just for confirmation and asking to know more.
    In the following statement the question tag is "do you" based on the answer key, I wonder why we can't chose "will he"?
    So you think he will be back before noon, do you?
    will he?
    shall he?


    P.S. Always in these type of sentences that start with you think, I think, I don't think, as far as I know, etc. the question tags should adjust with them not with the sentence following them, shouldn't they?

    Thanks a million.
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    Re: question tags

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    In your sentence, you are asking what the other person thinks, not whether the guy will be back before noon, hence "do you?".
    Also, I want to note that the "do you?" at the end of this sentence sounds a little sarcastic (as if you said, "Did you really think he'd be back before noon? You're more gullible than I thought!). You'd have to be careful with your intonation here.

    We don't typically put "I don't think" at the end of a sentence.
    "I think" comes at the end of the sentence to emphasize that we don't know something for sure. "As far as I know" serves the same purpose.

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    Re: question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by SlickVic9000 View Post
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    In your sentence, you are asking what the other person thinks, not whether the guy will be back before noon, hence "do you?".
    Also, I want to note that the "do you?" at the end of this sentence sounds a little sarcastic (as if you said, "Did you really think he'd be back before noon? You're more gullible than I thought!). You'd have to be careful with your intonation here.

    We don't typically put "I don't think" at the end of a sentence.
    "I think" comes at the end of the sentence to emphasize that we don't know something for sure. "As far as I know" serves the same purpose.
    Thanks Slickvic, so you mean I should have a rising intonation as if I don't know about it and eliminate the chance of being sarky?
    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Thanks Slickvic, so you mean I should have a rising intonation as if I don't know about it and eliminate the chance of being sarky?
    Thanks a lot.
    That would work. You could also omit "do you" entirely. Having both "so" and "do you" in the sentence seems like overkill to me.

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    Re: question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Thanks Slickvic, so you mean I should have a rising intonation as if I don't know about it and eliminate the chance of being sarky?
    Thanks a lot.
    Yup. Another memory aid - Think of writing U (ending with the pen going up) and S (ending with the pen going down). If you're Sure of the answer, intonation falls. If you're Unsure, intonation rises.

    Examples:
    You're not going are you? It's not your sort of thing. - Unsure, riising.
    You're not going, are you?* It's your wife's birthday. - Sure, falling

    *This is the conventional punctuation. It'd be clearer like this: 'You're not going? are you' because the last two words aren't part of the question.

    b

    PS Sarcasm isn't the only reason for using the falling intonation, but it's certainly one.
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    Re: question tags

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    Hello, moonlike:

    Yes, tag questions can express many attitudes.

    *****

    Mona: I think that you are an idiot.

    The Parser: Oh, yeah? So you think that I am an idiot, do you?

    Mona: Yes, I do.

    The Parser: You know what?

    Mona: What?

    The Parser: I think that you are, too.

    *****

    Tom: Why are you always looking at the Parser?

    Mona: Because, because ...

    Tom: You think that the Parser is an awesome guy, don't you!

    Mona: Yes, I do. Please don't tell my secret to anyone else.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Re: question tags

    Thanks Slick, Bob and Parser. Bob the memory aid was really cool , I loved it. Parser thanks for the cool conversations that are always of great help.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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