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Autor:  Dale-USA
E-mail:  dale_thomas2004@yahoo.com.br
Data:  13/MAR/2013 10:13 AM
Assunto:  Question tag
 
Mensagem:  "Am I not?", "Are you not?". "Is it/he/she not?", "Are we not?", and "Are they not?" are more formal than "Aren't I?", "Aren't you?", etc.  However, you will hear them used in informal conversation.  You are not making a mistake if you mix the two in an informal conversation.  Possibly you will be criticized if you mix them in a formal conversation or a formal written communication.

A colloquial equivalent is "right?"
You have been studying very hard for the exam, right?
You have not been studying very hard for the exam, right?

None of these tags is unusual, "only found in grammar books", etc.  Natives use them often.


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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Question tag   –  Katiana  12/MAR/2013, 10:13 PM
Question tag   –  Dale-USA  13/MAR/2013, 3:00 AM
Question tag   –  Katiana  13/MAR/2013, 8:55 AM
 Question tag   –  Dale-USA  13/MAR/2013, 10:13 AM
Question tag   –  CRS  14/MAR/2013, 12:09 AM

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