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    few, tag question (I need native speakers' advice)

    Jenny has few friends here, ____? (A) doesn't Jenny (B) does she (C) doesn't she (D) has she
    I think option A is wrong.
    The given answer is option B because few is negative. Do you agree?
    Is option D acceptable in British English?

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    Re: few, tag question (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Jenny has few friends here, ____? (A) doesn't Jenny (B) does she (C) doesn't she (D) has she
    I think option A is wrong.
    The given answer is option B because few is negative. Do you agree?
    Is option D acceptable in British English?
    I find it a very contrived and unnatural question.

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    Re: few, tag question (I need native speakers' advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Jenny has few friends here, ____? (A) doesn't Jenny (B) does she (C) doesn't she (D) has she
    I think option A is wrong.
    The given answer is option B because few is negative. Do you agree?
    Is option D acceptable in British English?
    I agree with Bhaisahab that is a poor test question. As far as what people actually say, it would be (C) regardless of whether the statement was "Jenny has a few friends here" or "Jenny has few friends here".

    Options B/D would only be correct if the speaker were challenging a previous statement.

    Steve: Jenny has few friends here.
    John: Oh, Jenny has few friends here, does/has she? What nonsense. Everyone loves her.

    To clarify, Option A is completely wrong, B and D could only be used in one specific context (above), leaving C as the only likely answer they are looking for as I believe it's what you would hear from the majority of native speakers. It remains a poor question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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