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Question tags #1 (permalink) Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:11 am   Question tags
 

Test No. incompl/elem-36 "Question Tags (2)", question 3

Sarah: 'I've torn up your homework essay!'
Paul: '.........'

(a) That'll be nice, will it?
(b) That's nice, is it?
(c) That would be nice, wouldn't it?
(d) That's nice, isn't it?

Test No. incompl/elem-36 "Question Tags (2)", answer 3

Sarah: 'I've torn up your homework essay!'
Paul: 'That's nice, isn't it?'

Correct answer: (d) That's nice, isn't it?

Your answer was: correct
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what's "torn up"?
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New structures to me #2 (permalink) Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:14 am   New structures to me
 

what are these structures called? :?:
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Question tags #3 (permalink) Tue Dec 07, 2004 9:16 am   Question tags
 

Hi Richard,

Those are question tags.
For more information on question tags please take a look here:
http://www.english-test.net/forum/ftopic696.html

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Question tags #4 (permalink) Tue Dec 07, 2004 18:11 pm   Question tags
 

torn up means destroyed. I believe the persons response is a sarcastic one
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Thanks #5 (permalink) Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:06 am   Thanks
 

I gocha now.... :lol: :o
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Question tags #6 (permalink) Sat Jun 20, 2009 4:40 am   Question tags
 

If it is a sarcastic one, shouldn't it be both positive?
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Question tags #7 (permalink) Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:19 pm   Question tags
 

Sarah: 'I've torn up your homework essay!'
Paul: '.........'

(a) That'll be nice, will it?
(b) That's nice, is it?
(c) That would be nice, wouldn't it?
(d) That's nice, isn't it?
It still confuse me.why " (b) That's nice, is it?" is not the answer?
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Question tags #8 (permalink) Mon Sep 14, 2009 19:19 pm   Question tags
 

That's nice is not the answer because a positive statement is followed by a negative question tag and vice versa.

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Question tags #9 (permalink) Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:28 am   Question tags
 

I still don't get it!!
In the previous quiz:
Sarah: 'You're being very rude!'
Paul: 'Oh I am, am I?'

Correct answer: (c) Oh I am, am I?

They are both positive statement.
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Question tags #10 (permalink) Thu Jan 28, 2010 16:53 pm   Question tags
 

I guess that the difference between the above examples comes from the fact that the roles are switched - who is being rough and the victim.
First example -> the rough person initiates a fight, the second person replies as defence.
Second example -> the first person is the victim, the second one's reply is sarcastic so he is initiating a fight again.
I would be glad to be corrected if I am wrong!
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Question tags #11 (permalink) Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:34 am   Question tags
 

I'm agree with Stanstst, I also think that is a matter of roles. The second response seems sarcastic, because it couldn't be a nice thing to have your essay destroyed. Or it could means that the essay is not very important to the owner. I hope I got it.
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Question tags #12 (permalink) Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:35 am   Question tags
 

Dear Torsten,
You explained it exactly, but why cannot use answer b for this test therefore our purpose is sarcastic?
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Question tags #13 (permalink) Fri Jul 16, 2010 17:03 pm   Question tags
 

Hi,

Don't you think that if the answer was sarcastic then the right answer will be "That's nice, is it?"? Please explain this to me!
Thank you!
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Question tags #14 (permalink) Fri Jul 16, 2010 18:18 pm   Question tags
 

Hello Mitra and Margoto,

I agree with you that using that phrase if you meant your answer to be sarcastic would certainly be acceptable.
Maybe examiners don't understand sarcasm?
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Question tags #15 (permalink) Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:06 am   Question tags
 

Hi
Why is letter c incorrect? I mean that woud be nice,wouldn't it

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