Question Tags

Question tags are short questions at the end of statements.

They are mainly used in speech when we want to:

Question tags are formed with the auxiliary or modal verb from the statement and the appropriate subject.

Apositivestatement is followed by anegativequestion tag.

Anegativestatement is followed by apositivequestion tag.

If the verb is in thepast simplewe usedid.

When the statement contains a word with anegativemeaning, the question tag needs to bepositive

Some verbs / expressions have different question tags. For example:

Positive imperative- Stop daydreaming,will / wontyou?

Negative imperative- Dont stop singing,willyou?

Have got (possession)- He has got a car,hasnthe?

There is / are- There arentany spiders in the bedroom,are there?

This / that is- This is Pauls pen,isnt it?

When we are sure of the answer and we are simply encouraging a response, the intonation in the question tag goes down:

When we are not sure and want to check information, the intonation in the question tag goes up:

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