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    Question tags

    Dear all,

    Would either of the question tags be correct in the 2 sentences below:

    - They have got a new car, haven't they?

    - They have got a new car, don't they?


    I take the view 'have got' is used as a main verb in the 2nd sentence, thus justifying the use of 'to do' as an auxiliary.

    Looking forward to your opinion,

    Ron
    Last edited by fixer; 08-Apr-2016 at 09:25. Reason: spelling mistake

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    Re: Qeustion tags

    Quote Originally Posted by fixer View Post
    I take the view 'have got' is used as a main verb in the 2nd sentence, thus justifying the use of 'to do' as an auxiliary.

    Ron
    No. In 'have got', 'have' functions as an auxiliary.

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    Re: Qeustion tags

    I don't find either of your sentences natural. The following work for me:
    "They have a new car, haven't they?"
    "They got a new car, didn't they?"
    "They bought a new car, didn't they?"
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    Re: Qeustion tags

    I'd use "They've got" more than any of the others.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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