The verb "hate" sometimes is cofusing. If we form a tag question, for instance, we consider it to be negative, because it's negative semantically and that fact influences grammar. We say

He hates mushrooms, does he?

But what about agreement? If someone says

I hate mushrooms.

Should I agree "So do I. Me too"? Do we take the negative meaning into consideration or only the form?

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    I don't think the meaning is relevant here. "-I hate mushrooms. -So do I." This is okay. What else would you say?
    – Korvin
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 14:16
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    @user178049 I disagree. You can't reply that way to "hate". It would be applicable only if the sentence had "don't hate".
    – Korvin
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 14:18
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    We sometimes see learners with this question, but there is no such thing as a "grammatically negative" verb in English. The fact that hate is a a negative sentiment doesn't affect the grammar at all.
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 15:23
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    @V.V. I disagree with your initial statement: a word's "semantic negativity" does not influence grammar. If you are seeking confirmation of your belief that someone hates mushrooms, you would ask "he hates mushrooms, doesn't he?". Only when there is a Negative-Polarity word in the question do you invert the tag question (see this answer for some information.)
    – Hellion
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 16:11
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    Pretty sure it's He hates mushrooms, doesn't he?
    – AAM111
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 20:21

2 Answers 2


You use the form, not the negative meaning.

Me too
So do I.

Either of these would be acceptable.


He hates mushrooms, doesn't he?

You would normally say this when you thought he hated mushrooms and were confirming it.

He hates mushrooms, does he?

This form would normally be used when expressing irritation or anger. For example, if you were a chef who fixed a dish that a customer had ordered that clearly contained mushrooms on the menu, only to have the waiter bring it back and tell you the customer didn't like it because he hates mushrooms, you might reply "Oh, he hates mushrooms, does he? Then the idiot shouldn't have ordered the mushroom and Swiss omelette!"

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    Thank you, It's almost clear. Could you tell me about two more examples".I never eat mushrooms. And I rarely eat mushrooms. " Would it be "Neither do I"?
    – V.V.
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 18:08
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    "I never eat mushrooms" would use "Neither do I." As for "I rarely eat mushrooms" it's kind of halfway in between so neither "Neither do I" nor "So do I" really sound right. I would probably go with something like "I'm the same way" or "Same here"
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 18:30
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    If you're not sure, don't be afraid to use a longer sentence to make your meaning clear. "I don't eat them often, either." or "I only eat them occasionally, too." Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 21:02
  • @ErikE not sure what you're disagreeing with. I said it didn't sound right with "Neither do I".
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 1:39
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    @Kevin Aha! I read the "neither" / "nor" before and after ' "Neither" ', as "either" / "or". Sorry about that.
    – ErikE
    Commented Apr 28, 2017 at 1:41

If it was a rhetorical question, "He hates mushrooms, does he?" semantically becomes "He hates mushrooms. He does.", making "So do I" very logical.

If it was a real question, "So do I" becomes illogical because it implies the question already having been answered positively.

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