addition to remarks
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Addition to Remarks (Rejoinders)-What is a rejoinder?

Addition to Remarks (rejoinders)

Introduction:

Addition to Remarks (rejoinders) is quite clear from the meaning, it means to add your idea (agreement or disagreement) to someone else remarks. We call it rejoinders (addition to Remarks) too. It is like tag questions. But, it has gotten a slight difference from tag questions. We use some specific phrases to agree or disagree. Addition to Remarks has a specific rule while we agree or disagree with anyone’s remarks. We will study this in detail in this article.

Positive addition to positive remarks & negative addition to positive remarks.

  • So/neither
Remarks (affirmative)Agreement (positive)Negative (disagreement)
I am a student.So am I.I am not.
We are united.So we are.We are not.
She could win the game.So could I.He could not.
They played football.So did her. We did not.
He had driven the car well.So had they.They had not.
John has done his duty.So have I.She has not.
  • Neither.
Remarks (negative)AgreementDisagreement
He cannot speak.Neither can I.I can.
She does not fight.Neither do I. I do.
It will not break the glass.Neither will him.She will.
They have not defeated them.Neither have we.She has.
We did not win.Neither did them.He did.

Special note:

Sometimes students get confused about the addition to remarks. Because, If the remarks have any helping verb (auxiliary verb) then it is too easy to add your idea. But if there won’t any helping verb but only the main verb then it would be confusing.  For instance:

  • I will bring the paper. So will I.

 In this sentence, we use the formula so + helping verb from the first remarks, but if the sentence doesn’t have any helping verb then it would be confusing.

Like:

  • I plug the flower for her. So plug him.   Wrong.

In such sentences, we use the helping verb of the same sentence. Like.

What is the present indefinite tense? what is simple past tense?

I plug the flower for her. It is in the present simple tense. So we use the auxiliary verb of the same tense which is do and does.

RemarksAgreementDisagreement
I plug the flower.  So do I.But, it do not.
She plugged the flower.So did I. But, I did not.
They drove the car.So did him.But, she didn’t.
We go to school every day.So do us.But, they do not.

More examples:

A positive addition to positive remarks.

Subject + helping verb + too/ also.

So + helping verb + subject.

Ex.

Positive RemarksPositive AdditionsPositive Additions
I will do the homework.I will do that too/ also.So will I.
They will find the manWe will too/ also.So will us.
She lost the coin.We did too/ also.So did him.
He found the man.We did too/alsoSo did we.

Positive Addition to negative remarks.

But + subject + helping verb.

Negative RemarksPositive Additions
I will not do the homework.But I will
He does not feel good.But I do.
She never respects me.But they do.
They had not eaten.But we had.
We could not manage.But she could.

  Negative addition to positive remarks.

But + subject + helping verb.

Positive RemarksNegative Additions
I will do the paperwork.But I will not
She can sing a song.But he cannot.
They found the solution.But we didn’t.
John has many friends.But Kim does not.
You were not fit.But she was.

Negative addition to negative remarks.

Neither/nor + helping verb + subject

Negative RemarksNegative Additions
He has not brought the plate.Neither has her.  Nor has she.
They did not allow us.Neither did we.
John could not swim.Neither could him.
I do not like him.Neither do we.
Kamran has not washed the coat.Neither has her.

Related Grammars: Active and passive voice, direct and indirect speech, direct and indirect questions

Agree or disagree with the following statements.

  1. I can’t play the game.
  2. She does her homework
  3. You are so lazy.
  4. She is cooking her favorite dish.
  5. Ali & Reza want to fight.
  6. He didn’t know English.
  7. They have not gone to Karachi.
  8. We can defeat them.
  9. They wanted some apples.
  10. He is going to go to Bazar.

simple present tense, adjective

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