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Transcript of Tag questions
at the end of statements. They are mainly used in speech when we want to:
a. confirm that something is true or not, or
b. to encourage a reply from the person we are speaking to.
Question tags are formed with the auxiliary or modal verb from the statement and the appropriate subject. When the verb in the main sentence is in the
we form the question tag with do / does. •You play the guitar, don't you? A positive statement is followed by a negative question tag. •Jack is from Spain, isn't he? •Mary can speak English,
can't she? A negative statement is followed by a positive question tag. •They aren't funny, are they? •He shouldn't say things like that,
should he? •Alison likes tennis, doesn't she? If the verb is in the past simple
we use did. •They went to the cinema, didn't they? •She studied in New Zealand, didn't she? When the statement contains a word
with a negative meaning,
the question tag needs to be positive •He hardly ever speaks, does he? •They rarely eat in restaurants, do they? I am - I am attractive, aren't I?
Positive imperative - Stop daydreaming, will / won't you?
Negative imperative - Don't stop singing, will you?
Let's - Let's go to the beach, shall we?
Have got (possession) - He has got a car, hasn't he?
There is / are - There aren't any spiders in the bedroom, are there?
This / that is - This is Paul's pen, isn't it? Some verbs / expressions have
different question tags.
For example: EXERCISE Put in the correct question tags. Example: Peter works in the shop, _________ ? Answer: Peter works in the shop, doesn't he? 1.She is collecting stickers, _________ ? She is collecting stickers, Isn't she? 2. We often watch TV in the
afternoon, _________? We often watch TV in the afternoon, Don't we? 3. You have cleaned your bike, _________ ? You have cleaned your bike, haven't you? 4. John and Max don't like Maths, _________ ? John and Max don't like Maths, do they? 5. Peter played handball yesterday,
_________ ? Peter played handball yesterday, didn't he? 6. They are going home from school,
_________ ? They are going home from school, aren't they? 7. Mary didn't do her homework
last Monday, _________ ? Mary didn't do her homework
last Monday, did she? 8. He could have bought a new car, _________ ? He could have bought a new car, couldn't he? 9. Kevin will come tonight, _________ ? Kevin will come tonight, won't he? 10. I'm clever, _________ ? I'm clever, aren't I? The end.