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    #1

    She doesn’t want a real investigation, does she?

    1. A: She doesn’t want a real investigation, does she?
    B: I think not. / I think so.

    I think not. = I don’t think so. = I don’t think she wants a real investigation. = I think she doesn’t want a real investigation.
    I think so. = I think she wants a real investigation.

    2. A: She wants a real investigation, doesn’t she?
    B: I think not. / I think so.

    I think not. = I don’t think so. = I don’t think she wants a real investigation. = I think she doesn’t want a real investigation.
    I think so. = I think she wants a real investigation.

    Are there any mistakes above?

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    Re: She doesn’t want a real investigation, does she?

    They are all OK.

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    #3

    Re: She doesn’t want a real investigation, does she?

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, they're OK grammatically but I find 'I think so' an unnatural and ambiguous answer in case 1.

    I wouldn't be sure when reading 'I think so' whether the person thinks that she does or doesn't want a real investigation. I would be equally confused if the answer were 'Yes'.

    In the spoken language, voice inflection might dispel the ambiguity, but it would be clearer to say 'I think she does'.

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