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    question tags

    Hi teachers!

    I`d like to ask you a question. It is related to the formation of question tags. I`ve recently read on a site that "when you use the word "let", the question tag at the end must be "will/won't+you?".The writer admits that both answers are correct. If so, what is the difference between the two sentences? Do you consider them as being correct from the point of view of Standard English grammar?

    e.g. Let the prisoners go, will you?
    Let the prisoners go, won't you?
    In my opinion, the first question tag implies a strong request [or, shall I say demand ?] from the speaker`s part. As for the second question tag, I still don`t know how to interpret or explain its meaning.

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: question tags

    You're right that 'will you' is the stronger suggestion (or instruction, depending on context). The 'won't you' version is much weaker, implying some sort of suggestion like 'I hope you'll agree with my view that it would probably be a good idea if you did, but you know best...'.

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    Re: question tags

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You're right that 'will you' is the stronger suggestion (or instruction, depending on context). The 'won't you' version is much weaker, implying some sort of suggestion like 'I hope you'll agree with my view that it would probably be a good idea if you did, but you know best...'.

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    Hi BobK

    I really appreciate your quick reply to my question. Thank you very much for your help.

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    Re: question tags

    My pleasure, Teia.

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