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    Question tag most of us went there...

    hi
    This is a new thread in which we will discuss some problematic sentences that need suitable question tags.
    The sentence is:

    Most of us went there,.........?

    thanks in advance!

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Most of us went there, didn't we?

    This one is simple and natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Man of manners, in your future posts on the same subject, please tell us what you think the natural question tag (if any) might be.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Man of manners, in your future posts on the same subject, please tell us what you think the natural question tag (if any) might be.
    OK and I will do this right now.
    "Most of us" makes us think that there are two groups of people; some who went there and some who did not. Accordingly, I think that if the speaker was one of those who did go there , we should use "didn't we" and if the speaker wasn't of those who went there, we should use "didn't they" as he is not part of the group that did go there.
    Is this opinion correct?

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    If he were part of the group that went, he would say "Most of us went, didn't we?"
    If he were part of the group that didn't go, he could say "Some of us didn't go, did we?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 26-Jul-2016 at 13:40. Reason: Added missing word. Thanks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If he were part of the group that went, he would say "Most of us went, didn't we?"
    If he were part of the group that didn't go, he could say "Some of us didn't go, did we?"
    I completely agree but do you find my opinion wrong?

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Us is inclusive. If the speaker had not been part of the group, it would have been natural to use most of you/them, depending on the context. If the speaker were part of a group , some of which went and some of which didn't, the question would need rewriting. I can't see a way to force this meaning into the existing words.

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Us is inclusive. If the speaker had not been part of the group, it would have been natural to use most of you/them, depending on the context. If the speaker were part of a group , some of which went and some of which didn't, the question would need rewriting. I can't see a way to force this meaning into the existing words.
    I partly agree but here is my opinion retold. 'Most of" has already reduced the inclusiveness of "us" so we logically deduce that there are some who went and others who did not. We really don't know from which group the speaker is. That's why we need more context. But as we can see, there is no context here in the sentence, so If the speaker was one of those who went, he would use "we" in the question tag because he was not one of them and If the speaker was not one of those who went, he would use "they" to refer to those who went because he was not one of them.
    Do you still find it wrong?

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    OK and I will do this right now.
    "Most of us" makes us think that there are two groups of people; some who went there and some who did not. Accordingly, I think that if the speaker was one of those who did go there , we should use "didn't we" and if the speaker wasn't of those who went there, we should use "didn't they" as he is not part of the group that did go there.
    Is this opinion correct?
    No. If you followed Most of us went there​ with "didn't they?" then anyone listening would think you'd made a mistake.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Question tag most of us went there...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. If you followed Most of us went there​ with "didn't they?" then anyone listening would think you'd made a mistake.
    I tend to agree with this, but what seems yo make it hard for me to agree is that a friend of my friend said this opinion and I did agree with him.
    To be honest, I think you are right.
    I am not a teacher, but you can trust my answers only if you feel convinced. If not, keep asking till you finally find what you want *The Truth*.

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