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    Tag questions

    Hello,
    what is the difference in meaning between the following sentences:

    1. a) He has got a new house, hasn't he? (falling intonation)
    b) He has got a new house, hasn't he? (rising intonation)
    2. He has got a new house, has he?

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    Re: Tag questions

    I am not a teacher.

    1.a) This isn't a real question but underlines a positive statement.
    1.b) This is a real question asking for confirmation of something you believe to be true.
    2. Oh really? Has he?

    This is how it works in theory but to know the real meaning you need to hear the actual intonation. It can be quite subtle.

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    Re: Tag questions

    Hello!

    *I AM NOT A NATIVE OR TEACHER.*

    In "1.a" the questioner is (almost) sure that "He" has got a new house, however s/he wants confirmation.
    In "1.b" the questioner is much less sure about the statement and hence, s/he needs the answer. Some may say, "1.b" is a real question.
    In "2" the questioner may want to express surprise, interest, irony, etc. To find out the questioner's intention we have to consider the context in which the tag question has occurred.

    Sometimes, tag questions in "1.a" and "1.b" are called balanced tag questions, while the one in "2" is called unbalanced or same-way tag question.
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    Re: Tag questions

    Thanks a lot.
    Indeed, there certainly is a bit of subtlety in tag questions!

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    Re: Tag questions

    Thanks for help!

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    Re: Tag questions

    bumbrlik, there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It saves everybody's time.

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