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    Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    Hi!
    This is a new thread in which we will discuss some sentences that need suitable question tags.
    The sentence is:
    Either Michael or Kathrine will go,........?

    My opinion: "won't they?".

    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 —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    Yes, "won't they" is correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, "won't they" is correct.
    Can it be "won't she?"?
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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    Can it be "won't she?"?
    No. Rephrase it as Either of them will go and you'll see that only won't they? is possible.
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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    Quote Originally Posted by man of manners View Post
    Can it be "won't she?"?
    That wouldn't cover Michael.

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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That wouldn't cover Michael.
    What I wanted to say is that, indeed, one of them will go not both of them.
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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    That's not something you can signify with a question tag.
    As far as I'm aware (off the top of my head), I'd say that you can't add any further meaning to a sentence with a question tag - apart from the intrinsic "isn't that right?".

    PS: "Either Michael or Kathrine, but not both, will go, won't they?" It's awkward.

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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    For me, either suggests that, but the question tag with she doesn't make sense.

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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    What if we used "neither" instead of "either"?
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    Re: Question tag —Either Michael or Kathrine will go...

    \Neither Michael nor Katherine will go, will they? is as likely as anything if you are going to use a question tag.

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