Doesn't he just?

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susanna76

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Romanian
Is "Doesn't he just?" a common turn of phrase? I tried looking it up in the BNC and COCA corpora but got no matches.

Here's from Catherine Alliott's novel Olivia's Luck:

'He spits!' she reported in horror [about a guest mingling at a dinner party].
'Doesn't he just?' I agreed.

Thank you!
 
  • exgerman

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    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    S:Is it a common phrase? Ex: isn't it just?

    It's the tag question He does, doesn't he? expressing agreement combined with just = exactly.
     

    susanna76

    Senior Member
    Romanian
    Hi exgerman, I see what you're saying but I haven't heard people use this "just" here. Or maybe I just haven't noticed. "He does, doesn't he?" is actually what I would have expected.:)
     

    exgerman

    Senior Member
    NYC
    English but my first language was German
    He does, doesn't he = yes he does spit
    Doesn't he just? = that's exactly what he does.
     
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