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KHAWLA ALZIOD
Jordan

question tag
 
Hello everyone ,
I would be grateful if any one helped me in completing the following sentences with suitable question tags .

1.You might leave early,--------------------------?
2.Jason may use his mobile phone at class ,----------------------------?
3.I don īt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly,--------------------------?

According to the last one there are two suggested answers ,but I want to check the correct answer.Is it      do I?            OR    wasn īt he ?  
thanks .

16 Apr 2012      



yanogator
United States

I would say "was he" for the third one, not either of the choices you gave. For the first one, I think the British would say "mightn īt you" (Don īt take my word for it, though), but that wouldn īt be very common in the US. Also, in the US, we would avoid the second one altogether as far as a tag question is concerned.
 
Bruce

16 Apr 2012     



Olindalima ( F )
Portugal

Hi

First and second sentences seem very weird to me, I wouldn īt use , here, a grammar tag, I would, rather, deliberately, avoid such a question -tag, which, my opinion, would be, in grammar rules , like this:


1.You might leave early,mightn īt you ? ( sounds horrible )
2.Jason may use his mobile phone at class ,may not he ? ( more horrible, if possible )

Third one: 

3.I don īt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly,????????

The third rises a question: what is a question-tag? A tag, where you try to get some agreement, ( or not ) from the the person you are speaking to. So I would go for a more  strict grammar tag, which sounds to me more natural, I would say:


3.I don īt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly, do you ?


I must say I am not a native, so, it is worth what it is. Let īs wait for our native experts and see what they really speak.

Linda

16 Apr 2012     



Apodo
Australia

This is how I would make tag questions:
 
1.You might leave early, mightn īt you?
2.Jason may use his mobile phone in class may he not?  (formal)
2. Jason can use his mobile phone in class, can īt he?
3.I don īt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly, was he?

16 Apr 2012     



CyrillicAlphabet
Bulgaria

1. You might leave early, canīt you?
In the sentence You might leave early the modal verb might means a possibility, i.e. perhaps you will leave early.
 
2. Jason may use his mobile phone in class, canīt he?
The modal verb may expresses the possibility that Jason will use (future) or is using (present) his mobile phone in class.
 
3. I donīt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly, wasnīt he?
In this case the tag is linked to the embedded sentence, i.e. the man was accused of the theft wrongly. For this reason the tag is negative.
 
3. I donīt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly, do you?
Here the tag is seeking the opinion of the person whom I am addressing. For this reason the tag is positive. The opposite of I donīt think is I think. As I know what I think, I am asking you a question to find out what you think about this matter.
 
Initially there were two sentences:
1) I donīt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly.
2) Do you think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly?
Next, we put them together and the result sentence is:
I donīt think that the man was accused of the theft wrongly, do you?
 
In fact, Linda and I share one and the same opinion about the third sentence.
 
Best wishes,
Cyrillic Alphabet
 
 
 
 
 
 

17 Apr 2012     



yanogator
United States

I would never use "can īt you" in the first one or "wasn īt he" in the third one.
 
Bruce

17 Apr 2012