I want to write a tag question at the end of this sentence:

That white house over there used to belong to your family, ..............?

I think the only right choice is "didn't it" but I'm not sure. Is "wasn't it" also correct? Because the main clause is positive and it doesn't have auxiliary verb, I chose that tag question.

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    You're certainly correct that it shouldn't be wasn't it? However, the sentence could be followed by any number of things, such as don't you think?, right?, or even or am I wrong? Unless this is a multiple choice question (in which case you should provide the finite set of answers), it's too open ended. – Jason Bassford Aug 12 '19 at 22:59

The correct tag choice for a question where the verb is 'used to' uses the verb 'did'.

We normally make tags after used to with auxiliary did:

He used to be your boss, did he?

We used to love going to the museum, didn’t we?

Used to (Cambridge Dictionary)

  • So it can be positive or negative? – S.H.W Aug 12 '19 at 20:03
  • We can use a positive statement, followed by a positive tag, to express one or more of curiosity, surprise, disbelief, shock, anger, sarcasm or interest. – Michael Harvey Aug 12 '19 at 20:16
  • If there was a multiple choice question, you would choose "did it" or "didn't it" for that sentence? – S.H.W Aug 12 '19 at 20:21
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    @MichaelH - Sans additional context, I wouldn't be inclined to use "did it?" as a tag question in the sentence provided in the OP's example; "didn't it?" would be my clear-cut preference. – J.R. Aug 12 '19 at 20:28
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    It might be regional then. One sounds quite natural to me, the other rather odd – unless the speaker was trying to express skepticism from a prior statement, perhaps. – J.R. Aug 13 '19 at 0:19

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