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    He is unfriendly, isn't he?

    One of the grammar books I read (I've forgotten which: DEVELOPING GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT, or EXPLORING GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT, both published by Cambridge University Press) says the sentence 'He's unfriendly, isn't he?' is incorrect. It should be ' He's not friendly, is he?'.

    My question is: Does a sentence with an un- word never match a tag question with isn't, doesn't, won't, can't, mustn't etc?

    Could we say 'It's uneconomical, isn't it?'

    Thank you.

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    Re: He is unfriendly, isn't he?

    It may not be grammatically correct but most American native English speakers (I am one) would understand either. I do not know about "correct grammar" That is a very British concept and not too useful in international English.

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    Re: He is unfriendly, isn't he?

    A: He's unfriendly, isn't he?
    B: Yep, he sure is.
    Nothing ungrammatical about that. It's just normal conversation. However, perhaps more likely:
    A: He sure is unfriendly, isn't he?
    B: Yeah, he's a jerk!
    ~R

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