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    So she is/does

    She seems to be a singer.
    ____ . Her records sell very well.
    A. So she is
    B. So is she
    C. So she does
    D. So does she

    I would choose A. But is C fine too?

    And in this sentence,

    He seems to be a doctor, isn't/doesn't he? do both tag questions all right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Smile Re: So she is/does

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    She seems to be a singer.
    ____ . Her records sell very well.
    A. So she is
    B. So is she
    C. So she does
    D. So does she

    I would choose A. But is C fine too?

    And in this sentence,

    He seems to be a doctor, isn't /doesn't he? do both tag questions all right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    In both cases you use the operator does.


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    Re: So she is/does

    @ engee30 - you seem to refer the answer to the "seem" of the first sentence. (Yes, she seems to be a singer).
    Isn't A also possible in the meaning of "Yes, she is a singer." - assuming the second person knows for sure that she actually IS a singer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manitoulin View Post
    @ engee30 - you seem to refer the answer to the "seem" of the first sentence. (Yes, she seems to be a singer).
    Isn't A also possible in the meaning of "Yes, she is a singer." - assuming the second person knows for sure that she actually IS a singer?
    To me, we use so to agree with what our interlocutor is saying. In the above, he is saying she seems to be; therefore, we say so she does. If he was saying she is, then it's obvious we would say so she is.

    She seems to be a singer.
    (But) she is a singer. Her records sell very well.



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    Re: So she is/does

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    In both cases you use the operator does.
    Do you native speakers agree with engee30? Thank you again.


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    I think I get it now, if the second speaker wants to confirm that he is certain that she actually is a singer, he would say something like: "Yes, she is a singer." - not just "Yes, she is."
    Thanks, Engee!

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    #7

    Re: So she is/does

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Do you native speakers agree with engee30? Thank you again.
    just a student.

    it sounds odd to me but engee may well be 100% right.

    -"she does seem to be a singer"
    -"so she does".

    whatever the answer is, isn't it more natural to reply "yes, she ..." instead of "so, she..."?

    just a student.


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    Re: So she is/does

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    — She seems to be a singer.
    — ____ . Her records sell very well.
    A. So she is
    B. So is she
    C. So she does
    D. So does she

    A. So she is. (= In fact, she is a singer)
    C. So she does. (= Yes, she gives that impression)

    However, taking into account the next sentence (Her records sell well), option A. is the correct one.



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    Re: So she is/does

    Quote Originally Posted by Manitoulin View Post
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    Isn't A also possible in the meaning of "Yes, she is a singer." - assuming the second person knows for sure that she actually IS a singer?

    So she does (=seems). So ... how? like she is a singer.

    "He seems to be a doctor, isn't/doesn't he? do both tag questions all right?"

    No. seems ... doesn't he? or does he not?
    Last edited by svartnik; 12-Jan-2009 at 21:53.


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    Re: So she is/does

    — She seems (to be) a singer.
    — So she is. Her records sell very well.

    She seems what? A singer. So she is.

    Clark, sorry, yours is okay too, and, to tell you the truth, is more natural in this conversation than C.

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