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    tag question

    He must have known about it,.......he?
    A. haven't
    B. didn't
    I think it would be B if the sentence had adv of time otherwise it must be " hasn't " . Could you help me to answer it?

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    Re: tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by cuchoangthi View Post
    He must have known about it,.......he?
    A. haven't
    B. didn't
    I think it would be B if the sentence had adv of time otherwise it must be " hasn't " . Could you help me to answer it?


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    Re: tag question

    The opinion of others?

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    Re: tag question

    must not he?

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    Re: tag question

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    must not he?
    I haven't heard 'must not he?'; the usual tag question there would be 'mustn't he?' In rather arch, over-formal language, I've also heard 'must he not?' (For example, a teacher might say 'You must know - must you not? - that the High Street is Out Of Bounds.')

    As normal tag questions ask for confirmation of the speaker's opinion, with the verb mirrored ('he must... mustn't he?'), I'd question whether the 'didn't he?' version is a tag question at all. It's not asking for confirmation of an opinion; it's asking about a point of fact:

    He must have known about it [this is the speaker's inference - it doesn't say anything about what 'he' actually did]. Didn't he?
    [The speaker is inviting a correction of his understanding - not confirmation.]

    So B is an acceptable answer. I wouldn't call it a tag question though.

    b

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    Re: tag question

    I think you'll find only a few Americans would say "mustn't he?" but it's really the only one that truly works.

    After all, the original isn't "He [did] know about it, didn't he?"

    On the other hand, "haven't" never works with "he." It would need to be "hasn't he" or "hadn't he."

    So if it's a test and those are your only choice, choose "didn't."

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    #7

    Re: tag question

    I am surprised.

    Mustn't = must not

    Mustn't I?
    Must I not?

    Alright.


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    Re: tag question

    In tag questions, the question tag consist of the first (finite) verb of the verb phrase (=operator) plus a pronoun.

    The operator in the OP's sentence is "must".


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    Re: tag question

    So - pulling it together:
    Barb_D: After all, the original isn't "He [did] know about it, didn't he?"

    BobK:So B is an acceptable answer. I wouldn't call it a tag question though.

    The answer to the query would be (and others feel free to shoot me down in flames):
    "He must have known about it, mustn't he? - satisfies BobK's requirement for a proper tag.
    pause, with no reply, so the speaker continues:
    "Well, did he or didn't he?" - the tag to the tag.
    Last edited by David L.; 27-May-2009 at 08:09.

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