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    He is too busy to talk, isn't he?
    I think 'too..to' expresses positive and 'rather' expresses negative.
    Is it OK?

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    Re: Tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    He is too busy to talk, isn't he?
    I think 'too..to' expresses positive and 'rather' expresses negative.
    Is it OK?
    Your tag question is correct. I don't understand the next question.

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    Re: Tag question

    Three years ago, I read this notice 'too + adj. + to + inf.' expresses positive. e.g. This book was too expensive, but I bought it. And 'rather' expresses negative. e.g. This book was rather expensive, so I couldn't buy it.
    Is this notice grammatically correct?

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    Re: Tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by fadysandy View Post
    Three years ago, I read this notice 'too + adj. + to + inf.' expresses positive. e.g. This book was too expensive, but I bought it. And 'rather' expresses negative. e.g. This book was rather expensive, so I couldn't buy it.
    Is this notice grammatically correct?
    No, "rather" is not a negative term. "Rather" has a variety of meanings. It is often used to modify adjectives or adverbs. The words it modifies determine whether the meanings are positive or negative. If I found a book that was "too" expensive, I wouldn't buy it. If I found one that was "rather" expensive, I might.

    See here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/rather

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    Re: Tag question

    fadysandy, this is the third thread you've posted with the same unhelpful title.

    A better title for this thread would have been isn't he?

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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