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    #1

    same way tag questions with never, a few

    Hi,

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    1- So you never go to an opera, don't you? That's awful!

    2- There are only a few students in the classroom, are there?

    I know we normally should use 'do you?' in the first and 'aren't there?' in the second. However, I would like to ask if we can use same-way tag questions with 'never' and 'a few' as well or not.

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    #2

    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    What's your intended meaning?

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    #3

    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    In the first one, I express surprise when my friend says that he does not go to an opera.

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    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    The first does not sound surprised to me. The second could be.

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    #5

    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    So, is the first one wrong?

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    #6

    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    So, is the first one wrong?
    I'd say yes, it's wrong.

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    #7

    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    I am not fond of same way tag questions, but often they express a challenge to the original statement.

    You go to Church every Sunday, do you? The speaker is doubtful.
    The poor people in the parish are well fed, are they? The speaker is doubtful.

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    #8

    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    May I say
    "So you have never gone to church, haven't you?"

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    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    Do you think the person has never been to church?

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    Re: same way tag questions with never, a few

    Is Polyester's sentence OK If he thinks that the person has never been to church?

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