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Tag questions


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Very short description of the tag question phenomenon including a few clear examples

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Tag questions

  1. 1. Short explanation and a few examples
  2. 2. <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>A tag question is a special construction in English. It is a statement followed by a mini-question. The whole sentence is a &quot;tag question&quot;, and the mini-question at the end is called a &quot;question tag&quot;: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ You like snacks, don't you?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Using tag questions </li></ul><ul><li>Use tag questions to emphasize and encourage the other person to agree. They ask for a kind of confirmation like: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot; Am I right? or &quot;Do you agree?&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Just one thing is very important to know: </li></ul><ul><li>A positive statement will be followed by a negative tag and vice versa: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Walking is healthy, isn't it?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Smoking isn't healthy, is it?” </li></ul></ul>J ust a little bit of theory...
  3. 3. <ul><li>Positive statement > negative question tag </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ They love dogs, don't they?” “ Tom will arrive tonight, won’t he?” “ It’s a good day to play football, isn’t it?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ A teacher should try to explain things clearly, shouldn’t he?” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Negative statement > positive question tag </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I cannot take this serious, can I?” “ We shouldn’t fight about this, should we?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I’m afraid they are not allowed to visit this club, are they? </li></ul></ul>Some more examples...