It is a common practice inconversation to make a statementand ask for conformation; as it’s veryhot isn’t it? the later part (isn’t it?) istag questionA tag question is a word or phrasethat is added to a sentence foremphasis.Or a short question or saying in aforeign language
PatternAUXILIARY+ N’T+ SUBJECT YOU ARE FREE, AREN’T YOU?
HOW TO form► When the verb in the main part of sentence is (-)negative in tag will be positive(+) and vice and versa► They didn’t talk, did they?► (negative) (affirmative)► You aren’t a student, are you?► You like mango, aren’t you?
Symbols Isn’t It’s it You are Aren’t you She can Can’t she Ali broke Didn’t he She cooks Doesn’t she They haven’t Have they`doesn’t like
1.when I am pretty sure that youknow this information already and I thing you will agree with me •1.Its raining, isnt it? •You are free, arent you? •She can swim well, cant she? •Your sister cooks well, doesn’t she?
2.when I am checking my information, to see if it is correct► Example, Mickey and Donald duck like each other don’t they?► She is belong to Karachi. is she?
•.You aren’t busy, are you? •She can’t swim, can she? •Ali doesn’t work hard, does he?•They haven’t come yet, have they?
Note►a ►That the subject of the question tag is always a pronoun, never a noun.
Note these peculiarities I am right, arent i? Let’s go to the market, shall we? Wait a minute, can you? Have some more rice, will you? Somebody has called, havent they?
Short answer Yes, I am.Are you going to school? No, am not. Can you drive a car? Yes, I can. No, I can not. Yes, he does? Does venue work hard? No. he does not.
Negative statement NO +pronoun The apples arent good. No, they arent. She doesnt like fish. no, she doesHe can’t help coughing .no, he can’t They haven’t played well. no he they haven’t
Disagreements with negativeOh/yes .oh/but+ pronoun+auxilary q You cant understand Yes, I can. But he will. He wont come again. Oh yes, I do You don’t know him.
Negative tags and their pronunciation is . different from the spellings.• Mickey and Minnie are friends. arent they? (arn- they)The characters talk with their hands don’t they? (don-they)