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If he had joined the meeting, he could have learned many things, ______?

I am hesitating between two probable answers — 'couldn't he have' and 'couldn't he'.

Which one is correct or what else might be the correct answer?

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Couldn't he is correct:

If he had joined the meeting, he could have learned many things, couldn't he?

Alternate wording:

If he had joined the meeting, he could have learned many things, could he not?

There are also the more informal alternatives

If he had joined the meeting, he could have learned many things, right?
If he had joined the meeting, he could have learned many things, yes?

  • Used in speech, I think "...right?" is best in most cases. Also it avoids being repetitive and is easier to speak. – user3169 Feb 25 '15 at 21:40

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