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    grammar

    Dear teachers,

    I have two questions:

    No.1

    A hibernating animal needs hardly any food all through the winter, ________ ?
    a. need it b. needn't it
    c. does it d. doesn't it

    The key is 'c'. According to my grammar book:
    If need appears in negative form we can only use 'need' or 'must'. There is the word 'hardly' in this sentence which indicates negative meaning. Should I choose 'a'?

    No.2

    She would have been more agreeable if she had changed a little bit, ________ ?

    a. hadn't she b. hasn't she c. wouldn't she
    d. didn't she

    The key is 'c'. This is something different with the grammatical rule. Could you please explain why this is the answer?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: grammar

    No. 1
    A hibernating animal needs hardly any food all through the winter, does it?
    => It hardly (negative), does (positive) it?

    No.2
    She would have been more agreeable if she had changed a little bit, wouldn't she (have)?

    => would have (positive), wouldn't have (negative)

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    Re: grammar


    Dear Cas,

    Thank you very much for the explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    No. 1
    A hibernating animal needs hardly any food all through the winter, does it?
    => It hardly (negative), does (positive) it?

    No.2
    She would have been more agreeable if she had changed a little bit, wouldn't she (have)?

    => would have (positive), wouldn't have (negative)

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    Re: grammar

    You're most welcome, Jiang.

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