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    didn't they...

    Hi everyone!

    "They didn't give the concert after all last night." "Didn't they? Why not?"

    Is it a good question here - "didn't they?" Maybe: Did they?


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    Re: didn't they...

    It has to be "didn't" as the original statement says that. You can rephrase "Didn't they" as "Did they not", but it is a bit over-formal.

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    Re: didn't they...

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It has to be "didn't" as the original statement says that. You can rephrase "Didn't they" as "Did they not", but it is a bit over-formal.
    Hi

    I'm asking because we usually use a negative question tag when the sentence is positive and vice versa, i.e. He has passed the exam, hasn't he? He didn't break the window, did he?


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    Re: didn't they...

    But it isn't a question tag. It is a question in its own right.

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    Smile Re: didn't they...

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    But it isn't a question tag. It is a question in its own right.
    It's called an echo question.

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