I have a question concerning the question tags.
I hear that the two sentences
"He rarely dances, does he?" and
mean exactly the same.
"He dances rarely, doesn't he?"
My question is:
How is it possible that in the first question, the question tag is positive, while in the second one the question tag is in a negative form (although only the position of "rarely" has changed)?
Normally when a sentence is positive, the question tag is negative (e.g. It's hot, isn't it?) and when the sentence is negative the question tag is positive (e.g. It isn't hot, is it?). However we use positive question tags after never, no, nobody, scarcely, rarely, seldom, hardly and little.
Therefore the first sentence: "He rarely dances, does he?" is fine.
However I think that the second sentence is also fine.
How can the position (or the word order) of a word change the question tag in this example? I don't understand it and am really confused!It is a good question. Unfortunately I do not know and cannot find the answer. From experimenting with different sentences I think that 'rarely' is the only adverb that has this effect. The second sentence definitely places more emphasis on the word 'rarely' but I can't explain why the tag is negative.
What do the sentences mean, actually? Do they describe just the fact that someone doesn't dance too often (i.e. seldom)?Yes, they both describe that.
I hope you don't mind I'm (me) bothering you with such a question. (By the way, I'm sorry for my mistakes but if you want you can correct me - I'd be really pleased! ;))You only made one mistake I'm should be me
Thanks in advance!
Hope this helps