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    Are these tag questions right?

    Are these tag questions right? (Based on Michael Swan's book (Grammar scan), they are right. However, they sounds unnatural to me.)

    A. This is the last car, is it?
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    So you're moving to Australia, are you?

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    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    They're both fine. Why do they sound unnatural to you? What would you suggest as alternative tag questions?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    As far as I know, we normally use such questions tag in spoken-English.
    I'd write: This is the last car, isn't it? etc.

    I'm not saying Swan is wrong, both are correct, but my version seems better (grammatically).
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    As I said in the other thread about tag questions, there is more than one possible tag question for most situations, depending on what the speaker/writer is trying to convey.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    A. This is the last car, isn't it?
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    So you're moving to Australia, are't you?

    Why not using negative question tags? I didn't understand what kind of question tag it is. Affirmative?

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    #6

    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    How can we learn all possible answers for tag questions?

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    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    I'm sorry, but I didn't read that thread.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    How can we learn all possible answers for tag questions?
    Most sentences can take both positive and negative tag questions depending on the speaker's intended meaning. Sometimes, the meaning is very subtle and I wouldn't expect learners to understand how to use both versions correctly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    How can we learn all possible answers for tag questions?
    There's no need to. I don't know all the possible tag questions that someone from UK or US might use in a particular situation. And it doesn't matter. The tone of voice is probably more important.
    Person: "Have a good time, <mumble> you?"
    Me: "Yes, I did, thanks".

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    #10

    Re: Are these tag questions right?

    I confess to being confused about the use of "Have" versus "Had" at the start of this sentence when you have the past tense "did" in the tag.

    You had a good time, did you? --> Had a good time, did you? in casual English.

    How do you make "Have" work as the first word? Since several of you have said you find it acceptable, what am I missing?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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