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    Tag question

    I've read this sentence, but I don't know why the writer used 'did we'
    In the past the Nile flooded, so we didn't need chemical fertilizers, did we?
    May be the writer is mistaken!
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    Re: Tag question

    No – it's fine. That's the standard way to ask a tag question. Negative becomes positive and vice versa.

    I'ts hot, isn't it?
    You're rich, aren't you?
    It's not fair, is it?
    You won't give away my secret, will you?

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    #3

    Re: Tag question

    I think 'Tag question' should be based on subordinate clause.
    It should be '
    In the past the Nile flooded, so we didn't need chemical fertilizers, didn't it?'
    Am I correct?

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    #4

    Re: Tag question

    No.

    In the past the Nile flooded, didn't it? We didn't need chemical fertilizers, did we?

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    #5

    Re: Tag question

    So we can say 'I’ll help you if you ask, won't I? '

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    #6

    Re: Tag question

    Yes.

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    #7

    Re: Tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    So we can say 'I’ll help you if you ask, won't I? '
    Yes, but you're asking about the help. In the first example, you're asking about fertilizers and not whether the Nile flooded- you want to emphasise that fertilizer wasn't necessary.

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