Tag question - I don't suppose he could have done well in the exam last week, <...> he?

  • marget

    Senior Member
    A:I don't suppose he could have done well in the exam last week, __ he?
    B: ____ , he almost failed to pass the exam.

    Is my answer did / Yes right?
    or should it be could /Yes ?

    Thank you in advance.
    Are these multiple choice options you've been given?

    I would say "could he have". Yet, in the first place, I would be more inclined to say "I don't suppose he did well on the exam" if I wanted to say "did he". Likewise, "He almost failed to pass the exam" doesn't sound natural to me. I would say: "No, he almost failed it."
     

    keepsakes

    Member
    English/Chinese Canada/China
    I don't agree with the use of "could he have", it sounds awkward.

    [...] he could have done well on the exam last week, could he have?
    And if it is right, it sounds like the wrong question to me.

    I would just use "could he" and "yes".

    So I go with the latter, could/yes.
     
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