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Usage of question tags #1 (permalink) Tue May 10, 2005 10:06 am   Usage of question tags
 

Test No. incompl/elem-37 "Question Tags (3)", question 9

You are just the sort of person who would say that .........

(a) would you?
(b) wouldn't you?
(c) don't you?
(d) aren't you?

Test No. incompl/elem-37 "Question Tags (3)", answer 9

You are just the sort of person who would say that aren't you?

Correct answer: (d) aren't you?
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Question tags #2 (permalink) Tue May 10, 2005 10:19 am   Question tags
 

These constructions are called question tags. For more information on them you can click here:
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Usage of question tags #3 (permalink) Sat Dec 05, 2009 21:56 pm   Usage of question tags
 

Hi Torsten;
I thing the correct answar is "don't you" because in this example "are" isn't an auxiliary verb. It is the main verb in the present simple tense. Therefore I should use "don't" when I want to make a question tag.
Please I hope to have any replay or explanation about my opinion.
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Usage of question tags #4 (permalink) Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:44 am   Usage of question tags
 

No. The tag reflects the finite verb of the main clause, Ahmed:

You are...aren't you? (You are coming, aren't you? You are a guest, aren't you? You are busy, aren't you?)

You will...won't you?
You haven't...have you?
You dance/go/eat/think...don't you?
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Usage of question tags #5 (permalink) Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:57 pm   Usage of question tags
 

"Everyone is present, aren't they?"
Is the sentence correct?
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Usage of question tags #6 (permalink) Wed Dec 16, 2009 13:28 pm   Usage of question tags
 

Yes. "When a pronoun refers to a phrase containing 'every' or 'any' that falls within a different independent clause, the pronoun cannot be singular. Thus it is not idiomatic to say 'Every man left; he took his raincoat with him'. Nor can one say 'No one could be seen, could he?' Writers unwilling to use plural forms in these examples must find another way of expressing their meaning, either by rephrasing the sentence so as to get the pronoun into the same clause (as in 'Every man left, taking his raincoat with him') or by substituting another word for 'every''or 'any' (as in 'All the men left; they took their raincoats with them')". (courtesy of Am Heritage Dict)
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Usage of question tags #7 (permalink) Wed Dec 16, 2009 14:07 pm   Usage of question tags
 

It was very much informative and helpful.
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Usage of question tags #8 (permalink) Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:31 pm   Usage of question tags
 

Hi,
what is mean of "sort of person"?
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Usage of question tags #9 (permalink) Sat Mar 26, 2011 13:09 pm   Usage of question tags
 

That means the type of person you are.
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