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    #1

    ..., so ..., ___ ____? (question tag)

    You ate all the cake, so there's nothing left, didn't you?

    A Chinese teacher of English says that the question tag in above sentence is correct, but I think the question tag should be is there. Am I right?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #2

    Re: ..., so ..., ___ ____? (question tag)

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: ..., so ..., ___ ____? (question tag)

    Both are right, depending on which part you wish to tag.


    You did, didn't you?
    There isn't, is there?
    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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    #4

    Re: ..., so ..., ___ ____? (question tag)

    Yes, but it is unusual to tag the beginning when there is a logical place for a tag for the ending.

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    #5

    Re: ..., so ..., ___ ____? (question tag)

    It comes back to intention. Are you tagging in the behavior of the person or are you tagging the lack of any more cake?
    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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    #6

    Re: ..., so ..., ___ ____? (question tag)

    I'd say either 'You ate all the cake, so there's nothing left, is there?' or

    You ate all the cake, didn't you? so there's nothing left.'

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