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  • There are two sorts of tag questions: * Opposite polarity This means * either a NEGATIVE tag after a POSITIVE statement — e.g. It is, isn't it? * or a POSITIVE tag after a NEGATIVE statement — e.g. It isn't, is it? We use these tags to invite a hearre to agree. * Same polarity This means * either a POSITIVE tag after a…
  • The spelling it's is used only for the short form of it is. The spelling you want is Its dependencies