“This isn’t dangerous, is it?”These parachutes You haven’t done thiswork, don’t they? before, have you? Isn’t this fun?We won’t gethurt, will we?
Use Use negative yes/no questions and tag questions to: check information you believe to be true OR comment on a situation. Don’t I pull the Isn’t the I pull the blue view great? blue cord? In both cord, don’t I? In both sentences thesentences the speaker believes speaker is that he should commenting The view is great, pull the blue on the view. isn’t and wants cord it? to check this information.
Negative Yes/No Questions Like affirmative yes/no questions, negative yes/no questions begin with a form of be or an auxiliary verb, such as have, do, will, can, or should.Haven’t you Can’t you swim had lunch somewhere else? yet? Didn’t youAren’t sharks see the vegetarians? shark warning sign?
Tag Questions 1 Form tag questions with statement + tag. The statement expresses an assumption. The tag means Right? OR Isn’t that true? TagIt’s a long way down, isn’t it? Tag Statement I went the wrong way, didn’t I? Statement
Tag Questions 2 If the statement verb is affirmative, the tag verb is negative. If the statement verb is negative, the tag verb is affirmative. Negative AffirmativeYou won’t talk for too This rope will hold me, long, will you? won’t it? Affirmative Negative
Tag Questions 3 Form the tag with a form of be or an auxiliary verb, such as have, do, will, can, or should. Use the same auxiliary that is in the statement. He has done You He isn’t this before,bought life hasn’t he? he? joking, isinsurance, didn’t you?
Be Careful!In the tag, only use pronouns. When the subject of thestatement is that, the subject of the tag is it. Tom isn’t enjoying he? this, is Tom? That wasn’t myparachute, was it?
Complete the tag Practice 1 questions with the correct tag. Example: You can swim, … can’t you?1. This is high enough, isn’t it? …2. The rope won’t break, will it? …3. We don’t have enough food, do we? …4. He didn’t bring the helmets, did he? …5. She hasn’t given us the right parachutes, has she? …6. We should check the map, shouldn’t we? …7. Our guide, Bob, does this all the time, doesn’t he? …
Intonation 1 Use tag questions in conversations when you expect the other person to agree with you. In this type of tag question, the voice falls on the tag. You’re That hurts, doesn’t it? You didn’t wear a right. I didn’t seatbelt, did you? wear aseat belt. This type of tag question is more like a statement than a The speaker is checking question. The listener can information he believes just nod or say uh-huh to is correct. He expects Uh- show that he or she is the listener to answer listening and agrees. huh. (and agree).
Intonation 2 Tag questions can be used to get information. This type of tag question is more like a yes/no question. Like a yes/no question, the voice rises at the end, and you usually get an answer. This isn’t dangerous, That’s is it? they what told us in the skydiving class. The speaker wants to Well, Thissometimes parachuteconfirm his informationbecause he is not sure will open before there are it is correct. we land, won’t it? sharks.
AnswersAnswer negative yes/no questions and tag questionsthe same way you answer affirmative yes/no questions. The answer is no, if There’s the information is a hospital nearby, not correct. isn’t there? No, it doesn’t. Yes, there is. Doesn’t your The answer is yes, if parachute work? the information is correct.
Write dialogues for each picture using Practice 2 tag questions or negative yes/no questions, and answers for each picture.Example: Eels don’t bite,No, we don’t. We do they? just like to hug.1. 2.