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    Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

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

    It doesn't mean he is any better, .........?

    Thanks in advance!
    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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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    I do not know the answer. I am confused that I cannot determine what the answer is. That's why I am asking.
    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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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    It will be much better if you write your answer first. I believe it's important to understand the root of your confusion.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    It will be much better if you write your answer first. I believe it's important to understand the root of your confusion.
    OK, I tend to accept "is he?".
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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post

    It doesn't mean he is any better, .........?
    Form your tag based on what I've highlighted here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Form your tag based on what I've highlighted here.
    OK, but does anyone accept "is he?"?
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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Simplify the statement: It doesn't mean anything.... Does is he? work now?
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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Simplify the statement: It doesn't mean anything.... Does is he? work now?
    I think when the sentence becomes long, our focus becomes gradually on the last sentence we read and if we completed the question tag, we will feel this.
    It doesn't mean he is any better, is he any better?
    I am not objecting to "does it?" but I think the other tag on the subordinate clause can be acceptable.
    Last edited by man of manners; 05-Aug-2016 at 12:47.
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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Only does it? is possible here, other than the all-purpose right?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Question tag It doesn't mean he is any better...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    I think when the sentence becomes long, out focus becomes gradually on the last sentence we read and if we completed the question tag, we will feel this.
    This possibly does happen in informal conversation sometimes, but then lots of strange things happen in informal conversation. Even well-educated people produce incomplete sentences, run-on sentences, illogical tense combinations, unnatural question tags, etc. In this forum we try to let people know what is generally accepted as standard in one or more of the main varieties of English.

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