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Does appending no to a statement make it a question?

E.g., "You decided to wait for me elsewhere than we had agreed, no?"

Note: The title and part of the body, as well as the idea, are taken verbatim from this example question.

  • My perception is that non-native speakers are far more likely to use this form than natives. Probably because native speakers are more familiar with exactly which question tag to use in any given context, so they'd normally use that form. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Mar 7 '13 at 18:40
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As a native speaker I don't often find myself using no in this way, but sometimes I may attach no to the end of a statement to turn it into a question, especially if I'm expressing doubt.

There are, however, some situations where this wouldn't sound right and you would normally say something different. Some examples:

But you arrived in town last night, no?

Is a good example of where the appending of no works. But, to me, it is more natural to say something like:

But didn't you arrive in town last night?

or:

But you arrived in town last night, didn't you?

Another example:

She was on her way to work, no?

Sounds better as:

She was on her way to work, wasn't she?

"..., right?" can also be used to express doubt and can be a better indication to the person you're talking to that you are asking them a question and would like a response. For example:

You took the ferry, right?

He had a lot to eat, right?

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I don’t normally see ‘no’ attached at the end of an interrogative statement. But I’ve seen some people using it informally. I wonder if this style is even acceptable in written English?

Here’s a link from grammar girl on how to format a question

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/punctuating-questions.aspx

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