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    John was here just now, wasnt he? vs John wasnt here just now, was he?

    John was here just now, wasn’t he?
    John wasn’t here just now, was he?

    Does the first sentence imply that I was quite sure John was here, while the second implies that I was not sure that John was here?

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    Re: John was here just now, wasnt he? vs John wasnt here just now, was he?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    John was here just now, wasn’t he?
    John wasn’t here just now, was he?

    Does the first sentence imply that I was quite sure John was here, while the second implies that I was not sure that John was here?

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    The first implies that you are fairly sure he was there.
    The second is not quite as clear. It might mean you are fairly sure he wasn't there. However, it might also mean that you think he might have been there but you want to check with someone that you're wrong (or right!) In that context, it suggests that you want the answer to be that he wasn't there.

    Me: Hi Sarah. I heard a voice I recognised a few minutes ago. John wasn't here, was he?
    Sarah: Yes, he was. He just popped in to say hello.
    Me: Oh, that's annoying! I owe him 20. If I'd known he was here, I could have given him the money.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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