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    Question tag one of us failed the exam...

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

    One of us failed the exam, ..............?

    Thanks in advance!
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    #2

    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    Please tell us what you think first, particularly taking into account what we told you in a previous thread about the question tag which follows a statement involving "us".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    I think this sentence is different because it refers to one person not a group.
    I think the question tag is "didn't he?" if the person referred to is a male or "didn't she?" if the person referred to is a female or "didn't they?" if we don't know whether the person referred to is a male or a female.
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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    The only natural question tag would be "right?" An attempt to come up with another appropriate tag would leave the speaker tongue-tied, struggling to find the right pronoun.
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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    I think the question tag is "didn't he?" if the person referred to is a male or "didn't she?" if the person referred to is a female or "didn't they?" if we don't know whether the person referred to is a male or a female.
    Quite possibly.

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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    What about this sentence "One of you/them/the boys/the girls."? Does the same apply to it?
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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    Quite possibly.

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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    I'd use didn't we, as it refers to us. One does not exclude us, just restricts it.

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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd use didn't we, as it refers to us. One does not exclude us, just restricts it.
    I think this is not logical as when we say, "One of us" we mean a single person not a group and if you write the full question tag, you will see this:
    One of us played well, didn't s/he play well? (sounds logical)
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    A: One of us played well, didn't we play well? (sounds illogical)
    B: No, only one of us, not all of us.
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    Re: Question tag one of us failed the exam...

    Logic has little place here. We are talking about a situation in which most educated native speakers would not use a question tag. Any attempt to decide what we would say if we were to add a tag is merely guesswork.

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