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    Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

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

    Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland,........?

    My opinion: "right?/shouldn't they? [subjunctive]/may they not-mightn't they ['may' for hopes or prayers]"

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    No question tag is natural after that statement.
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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No question tag is natural after that statement.
    OK, if someone ever were to use it, how would they tag this sentence?
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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    Nobody would ever tag that sentence.
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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    OK, if someone ever were to use it, how would they tag this sentence?
    "'Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland' is a statement for which no question tag is possible, isn't it?"
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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    "Blessed be those who ..., blessed they not be?/blessed be they not?/[blessed] may they not [be]?"; be they not?"

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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    OK, it cannot be tagged.
    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Blessed be those who ..., blessed they not be?/blessed be they not?/[blessed] may they not [be]?"; be they not?"
    What are those? Are those yours?
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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    You would be well-advised to forget about question tags and go on to a next topic.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    OK, it cannot be tagged.

    What are those? Are those yours?
    Yes, but they're only suggestions for the system you are creating. It wouldn't be tagged in English.

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    Re: Question tag —Blessed be those who work for the sake of the homeland...

    Somehow I had forgotten until this morning the all-purpose question tag my parents used frequently: "... no?" I'm not sure it's a standard American English usage, though. It could be influenced by Polish or Yiddish, respectively my mother's and my father's first languages.
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