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    #1

    more than imaginative question tags

    hi
    I'm an interested learner of English and I have some problematic sentences that need suitable question tags.
    Let's start

    1- We got to go now,........?
    2-We better go now,..........?
    3-Many a man failed,............?
    4-I suggest he be punished,..........?
    5-I wish he were a king,..........?


    thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    You try first.

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    Lightbulb Re: more than imaginative question tags

    well, I will give my own opinions

    1-haven't we "ellipsis, i.e there is a "have" omitted in spoken language "
    2-hadn't we "ellipsis, i.e there is a "had" omitted in spoken language "
    OR bettern't we "in children language and this word is not attested "
    3-didn't they / did they not "more formal and a better question tag to this formal sentence " Note: "Many a man= Many/a lot of men "
    4-shouldn't he/should he not [better question tag] "Because it is the Subjunctive Mood and we use "should" in this mood or omit in very formal language "
    5-don't I/do I not "although we get the question tag from the subordinate clause usually ,here we can't because the meaning will change and the subject doesn't agree with the verb in number so we have to get the question tag from the main clause 'I wish' "

    Now we can discuss more quickly . please contribute and don't hesitate to share your knowledge or opinion Thanks in advance!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Jul-2016 at 13:55. Reason: Took "bold" off entire post

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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    w1-haven't we "ellipsis, i.e there is a "have" omitted in spoken language "
    2-hadn't we "ellipsis, i.e there is a "had" omitted in spoken language "
    OR bettern't we "in children's language and this word is not attested "
    I agree.
    3-didn't they / did they not "more formal and a better question tag to this formal sentence " Note: "Many a man= Many/a lot of men "
    I don't agree. 'Many a man' take a singular verb form, and so the logical tag is didn't he?

    I don't think many people would use a 'many a' construction these days. The few who might would probably not add a question tag.
    4-shouldn't he/should he not [better question tag] "Because it is the Subjunctive Mood and we use "should" in this mood or omit in very formal language "
    The question tag, if we had one, would be for the main verb 'I suggest'. Question tags for first-person suggestions are rare.

    I'll leave the fifth one for the moment.
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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Write Hadn't we better...? Use not only with an auxiliary verb unless the main verb is to be.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Thank you very much, Piscean for replying.

    As for the third sentence, I 'd like to say that the "Many a " structure really takes a singular verb but it conveys the meaning of plural. the whole matter is about the pronoun that can be used instead of the "Many a " structure and it can't be "he" because "he" implies that what we mean is "one man only" while the meaning is plural .

    As for the fourth sentence, why didn't you consider it "ellipsis" like the first two sentences ? Also, why would a person use a question tag to make sure of his suggestion itself instead of making sure of the suggestion says. [Its content, I mean]

    Thanks for your reply.
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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Write Hadn't we better...? Use not only with an auxiliary verb unless the main verb is to be.
    I agree
    thank you for your kind reply.That's why I said that "bettern't" exists mostly in children's language.
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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    Thank you very much, Piscean, for replying.

    We are now done with the first two sentences, right?

    Now, as for the third sentence, I'd like to say that the "many a" structure really takes a singular verb but it conveys the meaning of plural. The whole matter is about the pronoun that can be used instead of the "many a" structure and it can't be "he" because "he" implies that what we mean is "one man only" but the meaning is plural.

    As for the fourth sentence, why didn't you consider it an "ellipsis" like with the first two sentences? Also, why would a person use a question tag to make sure of his suggestion itself instead of making sure of what the suggestion says.

    I am waiting for your opinion of the fifth sentence.

    Thanks for your reply.
    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    I agree.
    Thank you for your kind reply. I am waiting for your opinion of the other sentences.
    Note my corrections above. It's important to follow these rules of written English at all times:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    Thanks, emsr2d2
    I'll take punctuation into consideration.

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    Re: more than imaginative question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    Thanks, emsr2d2.
    See above. As I said, end every sentence with a punctuation mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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