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As for the following question tags, which are correct?

1. He thinks you like my car, don't you?

2. He thinks you like my car, dosen't he?

1. I believed that he was my best friend, didn't I?

2. I believed that he was my best friend, wasn't he?

If possible, could you also explain why? Thank you for your answer!
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Viceidol
As for the following question tags, which are correct?

1. He thinks you like my car, don't you?

2. He thinks you like my car, dosen't he? correct (HE is the one who thinks)

1. I believed that he was my best friend, didn't I? correct (I am the one who believed)

2. I believed that he was my best friend, wasn't he?

If possible, could you also explain why? Thank you for your answer!

The questions should refer back to the subject of the main clause. In the first and fourth examples, they only refer back to the subject of the second (subordinate/relative?) clause.
AvangiThe questions should refer back to the subject of the main clause. In the first and fourth examples, they only refer back to the subject of the second (subordinate/relative?) clause.
Hi,
what's wrong with that? You can refer to whatever verb you want, I think...

I know you are a very important person here, aren't you?
I believed she was the right girl for me, wasn't she?


Then it depends on the context, intonation, and what you want to say... Emotion: smile
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What a rebel you are, Kooyeen. Emotion: wink

What do you think the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence is? (Or should I ask "What do you think is the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence?" Emotion: stick out tongue)

"He thinks you like my car, don't you?"

In your opinion, what would "don't you?" be saying or doing in that sentence?
Kooyeenwhat's wrong with that? You can refer to whatever verb you want, I think...

I know you are a very important person here, aren't you?
I believed she was the right girl for me, wasn't she?


Then it depends on the context, intonation, and what you want to say... Emotion: smile
Not bad, my friend. I admit your sentences could be made to fly in audio - with a lot of wind (lol) - but to put that on the page would require something equally bizarre - like a dash, or a pair of parentheses. I don't believe your sentences fit the syntax.

I know you are a very important person here - aren't you? Emotion: no

I believed she was the right girl for me (wasn't she?).

If you were to find this in a screenplay or dramatic script I expect a pause would be indicated in some way ( - - - - - - - - - -) to show the question is an aside or afterthought.
Avangi
Kooyeenwhat's wrong with that? You can refer to whatever verb you want, I think...

I know you are a very important person here, aren't you?
I believed she was the right girl for me, wasn't she?


Then it depends on the context, intonation, and what you want to say... Emotion: smile
Not bad, my friend. I admit your sentences could be made to fly in audio - with a lot of wind (lol) - but to put that on the page would require something equally bizarre - like a dash, or a pair of parentheses. I don't believe your sentences fit the syntax.

I know you are a very important person here - aren't you? Emotion: no

I believed she was the right girl for me (wasn't she?).

If you were to find this in a screenplay or dramatic script I expect a pause would be indicated in some way ( - - - - - - - - - -) to show the question is an aside or afterthought.
How about a period.....and then a capital letter?
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YankeeWhat a rebel you are, Kooyeen. Emotion: winkNaaa... why? Emotion: smile

What do you think the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence is? (Or should I ask "What do you think is the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence?" Emotion: stick out tongue)Hey!!! You have to tell me where to put the verb now! You are trying to confuse me, aren't you? LOL. Really, if you could comment on this, I'll appreciate it. I'm confused as always...


"He thinks you like my car, don't you?"

In your opinion, what would "don't you?" be saying or doing in that sentence? I don't know, I just thought of a couple of examples, I didn't think about the original examples. But I can imagine a context for that... a stupid one:

- Why he keeps insisting that I buy your car?
- Hmm, I guess he thinks you like my car, don't you?
<--- careful with intonation here...
- Sure, but I'm not gonna buy it, lol!

Kooyeen
YankeeWhat a rebel you are, Kooyeen. Emotion: winkNaaa... why? Emotion: smile
Hmmm... Playing the "Mr. Innocent" role today, are we?. lol Emotion: wink
Kooyeen
YankeeWhat do you think the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence is? (Or should I ask "What do you think is the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence?" Emotion: stick out tongue)Hey!!! You have to tell me where to put the verb now! You are trying to confuse me, aren't you? LOL. Really, if you could comment on this, I'll appreciate it. I'm confused as always...
Well, I wasn't really trying to confuse you. But I will admit to a little friendly teasing. Emotion: wink
To be honest, my first instinct was the second sentence:
"What do you think is the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence?"

Think of it this way:
"What, in your opinon, is the intention/meaning of the tag on Viceidol's first sentence?"=>
"What is the intention ...?"
Kooyeen
Yankee"He thinks you like my car, don't you?"
In your opinion, what would "don't you?" be saying or doing in that sentence? I don't know, I just thought of a couple of examples, I didn't think about the original examples. But I can imagine a context for that... a stupid one:

- Why he keeps insisting that I buy your car?
- Hmm, I guess he thinks you like my car, don't you?
<--- careful with intonation here...
- Sure, but I'm not gonna buy it, lol!

To me, the sentence "He thinks you like my car, don't you?" is a complete mess and it would be impossible to guess the intended meaning of the tag.
Is "don't you?" supposed to mean "Don't you think that he thinks that you like my car?"
Or is it supposed to mean "He thinks you like my car. You do like my car, right?"
Thanks Amy.
I thought I'd found a context for that example, and that it worked... But are you saying that a question tag can only refer to the main clause, or just that those examples are kind of weird? I think I learned here that a question tag refers to the clause you are "questioning", which is not necessarily the main clause. Avangi said that a question tag mustrefer back to the main clause, and that's why I said I didn't agree. What do you think? Thanks. Emotion: smile
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