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    Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

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

    He is tired because he has been playing,........?


    My opinion: "hasn't he?"


    Thanks in advance!



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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    "isn't he" is more natural.
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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    That's possible. So is isn't he? Please don't ask which is the correct one. Both are possible.

    (Cross-posted with bhai.)

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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That's possible. So is isn't he? Please don't ask which is the correct one. Both are possible.
    So do you agree that "isn't he?" is more natural?
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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    So do you agree that "isn't he?" is more natural?
    I think it's the only natural choice. People often forget how they got to a point in a sentence, so hasn't would not be a surprising mistake.
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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    I don't think hasn't he? ​is a mistake.

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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    I would use 'isn't he?' because 'He is tired' is the main clause.
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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    People often forget how they got to a point in a sentence.
    That is what can make "hasn't he?" be acceptable.
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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    'He isn't tired although he has been playing, is he?'
    I would not use 'hasn't he?' above. Would you?

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    That is what can make "hasn't he?" be acceptable.
    I would omit 'be' above.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Question tag — He is tired because he has been playing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'He isn't tired although he has been playing, is he?'
    I would not use 'hasn't he?' above. Would you?
    I wouldn't use that word order in the first place.

    He isn't tired, is he? Even though he's been playing.

    In the same vein, to use "hasn't he?" I'd change the word order.

    He's been playing, hasn't he? And yet, he isn't tired.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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