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    I know when I use " I am ... " in a sentence , I should say " Aren't I ? ".

    But I want to know something , Is it possible to say " Am I not ? " instead of " Aren't I ? " ?

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    Re: Tag Question

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    Hello, Ali Ahmadi:


    1. I am your best friend, aren't I?

    2. I am your best, am I not?


    In ordinary conversation, it would be a good idea, I think, to use #1.

    Number 2 would be fine if: (a) You wanted to be more formal or (b) you wanted to be emphatic (perhaps you are angry).

    James: May I borrow $100?

    Mona: No.

    James: What do you mean "No"? I am your best friend, am I not? Have I not lent you money in the past? (Instead of "Haven't I lent you money in the past?")

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    Re: Tag Question

    But is that called a tag question ?
    I want to know this , too .
    Last edited by Ali Ahmadi; 18-May-2015 at 16:27.

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    #4

    Re: Tag Question

    Please don't use "words" like "wanna" (or "gonna") here.

    Yes, those are question tags.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Tag Question

    Please introduce me a reference about this kind of question tags.
    Thanks.

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    Re: Tag Question

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    Are you requesting more information about the full forms of negative tag questions?

    He is nice, isn't he?

    He is nice, is he not? (full form)



    If you are, then here are two suggestions:

    1. Have you noticed that at the bottom of this thread, there are five threads under the title "Similar Threads"? If you read them, you will get some more information.

    2. When you get time, go to Google and type in: FULL FORMS OF NEGATIVE TAG QUESTIONS. (You should find many results.)

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    Most sources tell us that the full forms are very formal. (One "expert" said that only judges and lawyers use them: "You are lying, are you not?" Also, it's important to remember that they are used when a person is very emotional: "What? You didn't do your homework? I have told you a million times that you are going to fail my class if you don't do your homework, have I not? What's wrong with you?" / "I just bought this $1,000 blue suit. Wow! I look nice, do I not?"

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