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    All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it / didn't he

    Hi,

    - All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it?

    - All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, didn't he?

    I think both are OK. if it depends on the fact that all the evedience shows, I will use the first one. If the fact that the butler murdered the landlady, I will use the second one. I would like to ask if I am right or not. I feel a little bit confused.


    Thank you.

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    Re: All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it / didn't

    The first sentence is grammatical. The second is not. Let's try the first one first. Perhaps:

    A. All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it?
    B. Well, it seems that you have already made up your mind.

    or

    A. All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it?
    B. Well, I think there are other possibilities.

    Now let's look at the second one (making a couple of changes). Perhaps:

    A. All the evidence seems to show that the butler murdered the landlady. What do you think?
    B. Well, if all the evidence points to the butler we'd better take him in for questioning.

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    Re: All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it / didn't

    Could you please have a look at this page: http://forum.wordreference.com/showt...5293&langid=20

    I really feel confused. I think it is similar to my question.
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    Re: All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it / didn't

    Whether or not the butler murdered the landlady is irrelevant. That is because we are talking about grammar (specifically, question tags) and not a murder investigation. Let's look at the sentences one more time.

    A. All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it?
    B. Yes, it does.

    Now let's look at the second sentence. (The speaker is expecting the other person to agree with him.)


    A. The butler murdered the landlady, didn't he?
    B. Yes, he did.


    Yes, the other thread on the other site also discussed question tags. Did you find the advice you found there helpful?


    (One thing I've noticed about question tags is that I don't use them much.)

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    Re: All the evidence shows that the butler murdered the landlady, doesn't it / didn't

    I didn't find anything enlightening in the Word Reference thread. I agree with Tarheel's advice.

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