"Is it" appended to questions

sagehen sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM
Sat May 12 16:20:32 UTC 2007

>A friend wrote me in email
>>I hadn't heard anything about the story.  However, I assume that you
>>sympathize with him even though you may be embarrassed that he lives
>>in Arlington and went to Harvard, is it?
>What regions/dialects is such an "is it" regional to?  Welsh, for one?
 Without being quite sure what you mean by "_such_ an 'is it' ",  my guess
in this case is that the "is it" only applies to Harvard: that the writer
isn't entirely certain that it mightn't be BU or MIT.
Cut & Run? ........... You bet!

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