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    Your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?

    I think the correct form might be " Your father showed you the whole kingdom, didn't he?" as per what I've learned from the school books.
    Is it wrong to use "did he" instead of "didn't he"?

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    Re: Your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?

    The tag questions would be like this:
    1) You can sing, can't you?
    2) She is coming at 8 o'clock, isn't she?

    So why are they different to my question sentence?

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    Re: Your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?

    I think the difference lies in the word 'so' used in the original sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Your father showed you the whole kingdom, did he?

    That is called a "same-way" question tag, with both the statement and question tags in the positive.
    It is used when the speaker expresses surprise, interest, anger, concern or any such sudden feeling.

    http://novaenglishcampus.blogspot.my...tion-tags.html
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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