QUESTION TAGS WHAT IS A QT AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
A questiontagis a short question at theend of a sentenceusingthefollowingform:
(SENTENCE) , auxiliaryverb + Subject?
We use a questiontag:
e.g. Todayit’sextremelyhot, isn’tit?
Tocheckifsomethingis true. Intonationgoing up
e.g. You’reDan’ssister, aren’tyou?
QUESTION TAGS HOW DO WE FORM A QT?
Ifthemainverb in thesentenceisnegative, toformthetagwe use thecorrespondingaffirmativeauxiliaryverb, and theotherway round. e.g. Theydidn’tagreewithus, didthey? e.g. Sueis living in Paris rightnow, isn’tshe?
Thesubjectused in the QT isthesamethatwehave in thesentence, but in thepronounform. e.g. Lorna and Mattare happytogether, aren’tthey?
QUESTION TAGS SOME EXCEPTIONS
e.g. Let’ssunbathetoday, shallwe?
I’m……., aren’t I?
e.g. I’mgetting red, aren’t I?
e.g. Pass me thesalt, willyou?
Negativewords(no, never, hardly, nobody, little…) stand fornegativeverb, so weneed a positive tag.
e.g. He never comes, does he? e.g. Thereis no reasonforleavingnow, isthere?
There …..., ……. there?
e.g. Thereis a lot of homeworktoday, isn’tthere?
Indefinitepronouns as subjects(someone, everybody, anybody, nobody…) are substitutedby “they” in the QT.
e.g. Someonewill come, won’tthey?
Nothing and everythingare substitutedby“it” in the QT.
e.g. Everythingis OK, isn’tit?
After principal verb ”have”, QTs with ”have” and ”do” are often both possible.
Note that “do” is more common in American English. e.g. They have a farm house, haven’t / don’t they?