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Question tags - English Grammar

Question tags - Complex Test Exercises - Question tags

Use
frequently used in spoken English when you want s.o. to agree or disagree

Form
positive statement ->question tag negative - ou are Tom! aren"t you# negative statement->question tag positive - $e isn"t %oe! is he#

Examples
with auxiliaries ou"ve got a car! haven"t you# without auxiliaries &use' don"t! doesn"t! didn"t( They play foot)all on *undays! don"t they# *he plays foot)all on *undays! doesn"t she# They played foot)all on *undays! didn"t they# Questions tags are used to keep a conversation going. ou can agree or refuse to a sentence with a question tag. ou go to school! don"t you# ou agree. ou refuse. es! + do. ,o! + don"t. ou aren"t from -ermany! are you# ou agree. ou refuse. ,o! +"m not. es! + am.

Questions tags - Special
.lthough the negative word not is not in the sentence! the sentence can )e negative. Then we use the /positive/ question tag. $e never goes out with his dog! does he# have is a main ver) in the sentence -> two possi)ilities 0e have a car! 11111# 0e have a car! haven"t we# 0e have a car! don"t we# mostly 2ritish English mostly .merican English 0e use will3would with the imperative &*imple 4resent(. 5pen the window! will you# 6on"t open your )ooks! will you# 5pen the window! would you# 0e use won"t with a polite request. 5pen the window! won"t you# 0e use shall after 7et"s.

egate sentence &e.uxiliary must 0e must )e at home at 8 pm! mustn"t we# es! we must. >orm the personal pronoun. ? . +s a personal pronoun the su)<ect of the sentence# yes =se the personal pronoun.o! we needn"t.' 4eter can play foot)all! 11111111. Complete the sentence. 9 +s an auxiliary or a form of to )e in the sentence# yes -> can auxiliary or form of to )e affirmative -> negate auxiliary &add n"t( can"t +s a personal pronoun the su)<ect of the sentence# no >orm the personal pronoun. ? $e can play foot)all! can"t he# Example .7et"s take the next )us! shall we# . 9 +s an auxiliary or a form of to )e in the sentence# yes no affirmative sentence auxiliary or form of to )e affirmative -> . . 9 +s an auxiliary or a form of to )e in the sentence# yes -> can auxiliary or form of to )e affirmative -> negate auxiliary &add n"t( can"t .g. Procedure adding a question tag 7ook at the sentence. ? Example 9' $e can play foot)all! 11111111. 4eter -> he 4eter can play foot)all! can"t he# . negative sentence -> &delete n"t( +s a personal pronoun the su)<ect of the sentence# yes no =se the personal pronoun. don"t: doesn"t: -> negate auxiliary &add n"t( didn"t( auxiliary or form of to )e negative -> &delete n"t( .

Example ?' 4eter plays foot)all! 11111111.egation' doesn"t play 0e only use the auxiliary doesn"t. ? .egate the ver). 4eter -> he 4eter plays foot)all! doesn"t he# . ver) plays -> . +s a personal pronoun the su)<ect of the sentence# no >orm the personal pronoun. 9 +s an auxiliary or a form of to )e in the sentence# no affirmative sentence -> .