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    He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    He is too short to play basketball,.......

    a-isn't he?
    b-is he?
    I would chose (a)Am I right?

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    Re: He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    If that's a test question, that's probably the answer they want. However, there's a context in which (b) would be right.

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    #3

    Re: He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    When using tag questions, your tag is generally the opposite of your question. Positive question, negative tag, and vice-versa.

    However, as Rover mentioned, there are special cases where the question and the tag can match.

    You can read this article about tag questions for an in-depth explanation, including the section on special cases, which will elaborate on Rover's second comment.
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    Re: He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    can you give me more examples,please?

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    Re: He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    Not a teacher.

    For this particular example, (a) is certainly correct. (b) would be a possibility if it were phrased "is he not?"
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 04-Jul-2016 at 22:15. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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    Re: He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    Welcome to the forum, Trevor.

    Please read this extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language. If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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    Re: He is too short to play basketball,.......isn't he? ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor C. Vox View Post
    Not a teacher.

    For this particular example, (a) is certainly correct. (b) would be a possibility if it were phrased "is he not?"
    Answer a) is the standard tag question. Is he not is merely an alternative to a). You could use b) as it stands if you want to express a degree of disbelief- if the person were actually quite tall, for instance, then asking the question would the positive tag to show surprise/disbelief would work after someone had said that he was too short.

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