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    Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Hi!
    This is a new thread in which we will discuss some problematic sentences that need suitable question tags.
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    He is too weak to carry this box, (isn't - is) he?

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    I think the answer is "isn't he?".
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    #3

    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    It is. I see nothing problematic about this.

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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It is. I see nothing problematic about this.
    Some people say that "too..to" negates the sentence or conveys the meaning of negation so they use a positive question tag. Do you agree?
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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    He is too weak to carry this box, (isn't - is) he?
    Someone might use a positive question tag there in certain contexts, maybe prefaced with so: So he's too weak to carry this box, is he? The speaker is expressing disbelief.
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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Better to say that the box is too heavy for him to carry, than to call someone "weak."

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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Changing the expected polarity of the tag is a common way to suggest disbelief. It is not restricted to ... too ... to ... constructions.

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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Changing the expected polarity of the tag is a common way to suggest disbelief. It is not restricted to ... too ... to ... constructions.
    Can I come to conclude that using a positive question tag, if possible, is for showing disbelief as with other sentences as well and not because the "too...to" construction conveys the meaning of negation, which is a misunderstanding, I think?
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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    I think that's what I said.

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    Re: Question tag He is too weak to carry this box...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I think that's what I said.
    I just wanted to conclude the whole thread into this sentence. Of course, I am joking. All your opinions are very useful.
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