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    tag questions

    When the auxiliary or modal in a tag question is negative do we use always contracted form?
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    Re: tag questions

    Quote Originally Posted by daisy1352 View Post
    When the auxiliary or modal in a tag question is negative do we use always contracted form?
    Thanks
    Usually. Not contracting it adds emphasis:

    You tell them what to do. You're the boss, are you not?
    is more emphatic than
    You tell them what to do. You're the boss, aren't you? which implies 'of course you are - it goes without saying'

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