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    I have little money, do /don't I?

    Hello,
    What about tag-questions to the sentences with 'little' / 'few'? Should they be positive or negative?
    E.g. I have little money, do I (a) / don't I (b)?
    I know 'hardly', 'no' and its compounds (nobody, nothing etc) to call for positive tags, e.g.: I hardly have much money, do I? I have no money, do I?
    But the thing with 'little/few' remains a puzzler for me. Can we use both positive and negative tags after such sentences depending on what we stress: the money being very sparse or the fact of our having at least that sparse sum?
    Could you help me out, please? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: I have little money, do /don't I?

    Just because only having a little money has a negative connotation "I have little money" is not a negative sentence. Look at the verb. "I have" is positive so the tag question should be negative.

    I have little money, don't I?
    I don't have much money, do I?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have little money, do /don't I?

    Thanks a lot! Just to put things straight:
    He knew little, didn't he? (Right)
    He knew little, did he? (Wrong for a traditional tag, possible to express disbelief as with any other positive sentence + positive tag)
    Did I get the grasp of it?
    Last edited by tyrp; 16-Mar-2015 at 21:48. Reason: typo

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    Re: I have little money, do /don't I?

    Yes, you can express disbelief or ask for clarification by using a question tag which matches the positivity or negativity of the opening part. Traditional question tags use the opposite.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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