Dmitry Anykeen
Are you? "You're taking her with you, are you?" - the phrase from a movie. I've been taught at school that if you make a statement part of a sentence positive (you're taking) then a question part must be negative (aren't you?). Is that possible in any case this rule may be ignored?
May 3, 2016 6:32 AM
Answers · 4
The meanings are different. 1. You are taking her with you, aren't you?" It means, "I expect you to"; "I want you to". 2. You are taking her with you, are you? Two possible meanings: a. You are just repeating what the other person has told you, just to make polite conversation. Example: "My husband is a lawyer." " Your husband is a lawyer, is he?" This technique is used by politicians and royalty when they meet people at a garden party or on a walkabout. b. It means, "Oh, is that what you are going to do? I didn't know that."
May 3, 2016
You're right about the general rule. In this case, I couldn't say for sure without knowing the context, but it seems to me like the speaker may be challenging the other person -- suggesting that taking her (is it a person or a vehicle / piece of technology?) would be a bad idea....
May 3, 2016
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