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Tag Questions



JulietaVL
Mexico

Tag Questions
 

Hello, could you please help me with the tag questions of the following sentences?

 
1.- Beware of the dog, _____________? (dont you?)
 
2.- Dont look at me like that, _____________? ( do you?)
 
 
Ive put in parenthesis the answers that for me are the correct ones.
 
 
I found these sentences in a grammar book and I could not solve them
 
 

28 Sep 2009      



anaisabel001
Spain

Look your PM.
Hugs.

28 Sep 2009     



carlaaguiarsilva
Portugal

The first one I would write will you, but the second one sounds strange... I wouldn t use it with a tag question...

28 Sep 2009     



Zora
Canada

I believe that with the Imperative form the question tag is in the future and it is always (?) in the affirmative.

1. Beware of that dog, will you?
2. Don t look at me like that, will you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tag_question


28 Sep 2009     



anaisabel001
Spain

This is what I ve found:

Question tags with imperatives

Sometimes we use question tags with imperatives (invitations, orders), but the sentence remains an imperative and does not require a direct answer. We use won t for invitations. We use can, can t, will, would for orders.

 

imperative + question tag

notes:

invitation

Take a seat, won t you?

polite

order

Help me, can you?

quite friendly

Help me, can t you?

quite friendly (some irritation?)

Close the door, would you?

quite polite

Do it now, will you?

less polite

Don t forget, will you?

with negative imperatives only will is possible

 


28 Sep 2009     



miss.cecilia
Argentina

I think that with imperatives the question tags are

will you?  won t you? would you? can you? could you?

But after negative imperatives will you? is used.

28 Sep 2009     



ballycastle1
United Kingdom

I think the expected answer determines whether will you or won t you is used with number 1.  If the speaker is confident that the answer will be Yes, of course , then Won t you is used.  If the speaker is unsure of the reply, then Will you is appropriate.
With the negative imperative, only will is grammatically accurate, but I would agree with Carla that it s a very odd sentence and I wouldn t use a tag question at all.

28 Sep 2009     



wakebeauty
Brazil

Both answers should be: WILL YOU?
It doesn t matter if the imperative is affirmative or negative, the tag question is always (+) and with WILL YOU!!!!!!
That s what I learned and that s what I teach my students (*.*)
 

28 Sep 2009     



JulietaVL
Mexico

 
 
 
Thanks a lot for your replies, Ive learnt something new

29 Sep 2009     



silpont
Argentina

Agree . Will you? would be the appropriate one.
 
Hugs!!!
 
Silvi :)

29 Sep 2009     



Jayho
Australia

Hi everyone
 
In my opinion these are both quite odd sentences.
 
In the first, I think you would find that native speakers would use will you or won t you (if they use a tag question at all).  They would do this for the reason that Ballycastle1 stated.  Actually, I hear people say watch out for the dog, won t you.
 
I think the second is less odd: Dont look at me like that, will you?  I think I ve heard people say this many times when they are getting an unusual look/stare from someone.

According to my grammar book basically will you / won t you / would you/ can you / can t you  are used with imperatives and will you is theoretically the only grammatically correct option for negative imperative.  But I think it is different in practice ... because English doesn t always follow the rules and it may be different in different countries

Cheers
 
Jayho
 
 
 

29 Sep 2009     

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