Polar bears will disappear, isn't it?

  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    It's a mistake. It should be won't they.

    Where did you see this statement?

    On the other hand, Polar bears will disappear, isn't it true? would be OK in its proper context.
     

    Fabulist

    Banned
    American English
    No, it would not be idiomatic English to say "isn't it true" any more than it would be to say "isn't it." There have been other threads on this. "Isn't it" is apparently a literal translation of a tag question common in some other languages, but English doesn't use it unless the word "is" appears in the main sentence:

    It's cold out, isn't it?:tick:
    The temperature is falling, isn't it?:tick:
    Polar bears will disappear, isn't it?:cross:
    Polar bears eat seals, isn't it?:cross:
    Polar bears eat seals, isn't it true?:cross:

    It is idomatic in English to use "isn't it true" at the beginning of a question:

    "Isn't it true that polar bears eat grass?":tick:
    "No, that's not true!"
     

    Bevj

    Allegra Moderata (Sp/Eng, Cat)
    English (U.K.)
    The full example reads: 'It's possible that polar bears will disappear, isn't it?'
    This is correct.

    Without 'It's possible that' the sentence is wrong.
     
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