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    Question tags 2

    Hi
    Again my problem is related to question tags. I didn't want to stuff another question into it, so I opened another one. If we already know about something and the aim is confirmation and getting more information, can we just change our intonation? I mean in a positive statement such as the following, are both tags correct?
    You go there every year, do you?
    don't you? (with a falling intonation)

    Thanks a million.
    Being a non-native teacher, I'm so thrilled being in such a superb forum.

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    Re: Question tags 2

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Again my problem is related to question tags. I didn't want to stuff another question into it, so I opened another one. If we already know about something and the aim is confirmation and getting more information, can we just change our intonation? I mean in a positive statement such as the following, are both tags correct?
    You go there every year, do you?
    don't you? (with a falling intonation)

    Thanks a million.
    Yes, both are correct.

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    Re: Question tags 2

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Again my problem is related to question tags. I didn't want to stuff another question into it, so I opened another one. If we already know about something and the aim is confirmation and getting more information, can we just change our intonation? I mean in a positive statement such as the following, are both tags correct?
    You go there every year, do you?
    don't you? (with a falling intonation)

    Thanks a million.
    "You go there every year, don't you?" suggests to me that you are already fairly sure that you are right, but you are asking the other person just to confirm that it's true.

    "You go there every year, do you?" is the kind of response I might expect when someone says nonchalantly "Every year when I go to the South of France and stay in my villa ..."

    I am finding it difficult to find a way of saying the question with the "do you?" tag without sounding either sarcastic, or jealous, or disbelieving. If I were genuinely asking the question, or I was perhaps impressed with the information, I would be much more likely to simply say "Oh wow! So do you go there every year?!" instead of using a statement and then a question tag.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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