What is a question tag?It is a sentence with a question phraseconnected at the end. Example: It’s windy today, isn’t it? Sentence part Tag
Forming Question Tags1. Identify the verb in the sentence – Check the type of verb (auxiliary verb, main verb, etc) – Check the tense (present, past). – Is it negative or affirmative? Use the opposite.1. Use the pronoun that refers to the subject Sergio likes to eat at buffets, ______ ______? verb
A positive statement is followed by a negativequestion tag, and vice versa.– They live in Barcelona, don’t they?– She doesn’t walk to work, does she? When the sentence contains a word with anegative meaning like never, hardly, seldom orrarely the question tag is positive.– He never wakes up before 10 o’clock, does he?
Pronoun in the question tagagrees with the subjecte.g. She hasn’t done her homework, has she? subject ‘this/ that’ in the statement it subject ‘these/ those’ in the statementthey e.g. That was an interesting book,wasn’t it? Those weren’t Amy’s books, were they?
Subject ‘everyone, someone, anyone, no one’ theye.g. Everybody loves the film, don’t they? Someone didn’t hand in the project, did they?
statement begins with ‘Let’s’ shalle.g. Let’s have some tea,shall we? After imperatives will you/ won’t you? – E.g. Open the door, will you? Open the door, won’t you? Negative imperatives will you?e.g. Don’t lie to me, will you?
I am -> aren’t I? E.g. I am older than you, aren’t I?Imperative will/won’t you? (to invite people to do things)– Open the windows, won’t you?Negative imperative will you?– Don’t make any noise, will you?Let’s shall we? E.g. Let’s have a party, shall we?I have (got) haven’t it?– They have got an Alsatian, haven’t they?I have don’t I?– You have some free time, don’t you?There is/are isn’t/aren’t there?– These is some milk in the carton, isn’t there?This/That is isn’t it? E.g. This is your umbrella, isn’tit?Everyone/Someone/Anyone/No one … they?– Someone is knocking at the door, aren’t they?Nothing … it? E.g. Nothing is solved, is it?
Note: When we are sure of the answer and expect agreement, our voice goes down in the question tag. He is not in Florida, is he? When we aren’t sure and want to check information the voice goes up. You have read this, haven’t you?