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TAG QUESTIONS

SUBJECT+ VERB (POSITIVE) .... .., (NEGATIVE) VERB+SUBJECT ? eg: She came, didn't she? OR She did come, didn't she? They are happy to be here, aren't they? SUBJECT+ VERB (NEGATIVE) .... , (POSITIVE) VERB+SUBJECT ? eg: She doesn't like chores, does she? They haven't been informed, have they? 1) negative adverbs Sentences with negative adverbs such as hardly,never,barely, rarely,scarcely,seldom do not have a negative question tag at the end. They seldom come, don't they? [X] They seldom come, do they? [√] He is never available, isn't he?[X] He is never available, is he? [√] 2) quantifiers with negative meaning Sentences with quantifiers denoting negative meaning such as no,none of, not one,neither of, not any, few, little, hardly any, scarcely any, not many do not require a negative question tag at the end. Note: • The question tag for "few/not many/not one+NOUN" is .....they? • The question tag for "little+NOUN" is .....it? • The question tag for "no/scarcely any/hardly any/barely any/none of+ Countable NOUN" is .....they? • The question tag for "no/scarcely any/hardly any/barely any/none of+ Uncountable NOUN" is .....it? • The question tag for "few/not many/not one/none/scarcely any/hardly any/barely any+of+us" is .....we?
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The question tag for "few/not many/not one/none/scarcely any/hardly any/barely any+of+you" is .....you? Few men have the proper values to live through this age, don't they? [X] Few men have the proper values to live through this age, do they? [√] Little money was invested in this scheme, wasn't it? [X] Little money was invested in this scheme, was it? [√]

3) Pronouns with negative meanings The subject of the sentence with negative meaning (none, nothing,neither, nobody,not many, few, little, hardly any, scarcely any) does not require a negative question tag at the end. Note: • The question tag for "none/nothing/not many/few/nobody/neither" is .....they? • The question tag for "nothing" is .....it? • The question tag for "little+NOUN" is .....it?
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None would survive the next world war, wouldn't they? None would survive the next world war, would they?[√] Nothing is free these days, isn't it? [X] Nothing is free these days, is it? [√]

4) Let's and Let When you use the word "let's", the question tag at the end must be "shall+we?" - Let's visit the Archeological Museum, don't we? [X] - Let's visit the Archeological Museum, shall we? [√] - Let’s go out for a drink, shall we? [√] When you use the word "let", the question tag at the end must be "will/won't+you?"
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Let the prisoners go, could you? Let the prisoners go, will you?[√] Let the prisoners go, won't you?

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__________________? g They don’t go out very often. the question tag at the end must be “may+I?” . will you? [√] . will you? [√] . ___________? l You hate hunting.Nice day.Do try these lovely scones. __________________? s They can’t leave this door open. __________________? .isn't it?) [√] When you are making short observations about the something living. __________________? p Charles and William aren’t taking driving lessons. __________________? j We are quits now. __________________? m You can’t land a plane. ain't it? [X] . will you? [√] 6) Short observations When you are making short observations about something nonliving. __________________? When to do something.Close the door. may I? [√] Revision exercise Tag question in present tense a She revises your work. aren’t they? (Beautiful creatures. __________________? b She doesn’t like this corridor. __________________? e They haven’t got the keys. _____________? q Natasha does not know what to do.Nice day. __________________? i There aren’t great expectations. __________________? k He is going to phone Ann first thing in the morning. aren’t they?) 7) Stating Intentions [X] [√] [X] [√] d I am not an amateur. __________________? e His wound didn’t heal. wouldn't you? [X] . doesn’t she? .5) Imperative sentences When the sentence is imperative.I wish to leave now. __________________? h He doesn’t sell vegetables. isn’t she?) . isn’t she? (She is a lovely girl. will you? [√] . __________________? i She was outside the bookshop. __________________? d Christopher joined the army last year. the question tag at the end must be "will/won't+you?" . __________________? w It doesn’t work properly. won't you? [√] . __________________? r My dogs don’t bark at night.Lovely girl. __________________? u Maggie is easygoing. __________________? f He always rings the bell. __________________? h He wasn’t inside the café. don’t I? [X] . __________________? v You remember the first time we met. __________________? c I’m the best singer in the world.Come over for tea today. __________________? t Ingrid takes things easy.Beautiful creatures. __________________? o Life is hard.Come over for tea today. the question tag at the end must be "isn't/aren't+she/he/they?" .Beautiful creatures. __________________? Tag question in past tense a Kevin dropped the soup. __________________? b Your grandfather always carried a stick. __________________? c Barry robbed them last month. won't you? [√] . the question tag at the end must be "isn't/aren't+it?" . __________________? g We were in danger. can you? [X] . isn’t it? .Come over for tea today.Do try these lovely scones. __________________? f There wasn’t anything to eat or drink.Leave me alone.Lovely girl. isn't it? (It is a nice day.I wish to leave now. __________________? n He is going to wind the clock. __________________? j They were very sensitive. __________________? x Oliver and Jeremy think this crossword is as easy as falling of a log.Do try these lovely scones. __________________? z A lady doesn’t smoke cigars. __________________? y You don’t agree with them.

. __________________? n. __________________? m. __________________? r Philip didn’t climb that oak-tree. __________________? g. He can barely read. __________________? i She yelled at you about your getting there late. The change of he to they is due to the fact that many people consider he sexually bias. __________________? q He doesn’t cook very well. we use it. __________________? x They haven’t got your purse. __________________? n Nothing grows up there. Sarah seldom visits us. I don’t suppose anyone will help us. Mixed exercise a Edgar’s talk was a failure. anyone. I never drink beer. __________________? c. However. and any other singular words referring to people.Tag question with negative adverbs Examples: He never goes to church. __________________? h. __________________? y He is in a good temper today. nobody. Nothing compares to him. __________________? d. __________________? p I told you not to hit your sister. We rarely have a date. __________________? e I can’t look her up when I go to Glasgow. __________________? e. nothing. __________________? k. __________________? b The van crashed into a wall. ____________? v I am a good politician. everybody. __________________? h. Lee hardly worked. _________________? b. wasn’t it? We normally use they in the tag after anybody. __________________? f Your boss had to do without his secretary yesterday morning. _? j. __________________? i. He seldom stays at home. ________________? t None of them entered the hut. Everybody has left. __________________? s Monica and you don’t often make your beds. __________________? Tag question of pronouns Examples: Nobody puts up with her behaviour. no-one. __________________? h No-one betrayed you. somebody. he can be employed in more formal speech or writing. __________________? o He wasn’t up when you looked in on him at eight o’clock in the morning. someone. __________________? b. No salt is allowed. everything. Everybody gave him a warm reception. You barely knew the accident. Nothing was lost. __________________? f. __________________? c We didn’t buy any pears. does he? They hardly ever go to Laura’s surgery. everyone. something). __________________? m They were always boasting. do they? a. __________________? l. Every child has to help to lay the table. Neither of them explained. Nothing matters now. ____? g She wants to open a stationer’s shop. Parents could hardly speak when seeing their children’s bodies. __________________? d My dog buried the bone. If we refer to things (anything. __________________? d. __________________? c. Nothing was done about it. __________________? u Her new boss was impressed by her good manners. __________________? g. __________________? w I’m not in the mood for going out tonight. do they? Everything was said. Nobody knows where the treasure is hidden. __________________? Everything is very expensive nowadays. __________________? l Mildred never shows off. ________________? j She hugged him. Our children scarcely pray. __________________? f. __________________? a. __________________? k I can’t catch up with you. __________________? e. There is no butter left.

Do sit down. did you? [= Oh.g. has = has not = hasn’t. In this type of construction.] e. may = may not = mayn’t … is not = isn’t *am not = aren’t are not = aren’t will not = won’t was not = wasn’t shall not = shan’t were not = weren’t do not = don’t cannot = can’t did not = didn’t must not = mustn’t has not = hasn’t could not = couldn’t have not = haven’t would not = wouldn’t Remember that though ANOMALOUS take the negative directly. in almost all the cases. would you’. so you saw him going] You’ve found a job. *11. do = do not = don’t.z She concluded by saying that one’s family always comes last. can’t you? [ordering somebody to keep quiet] **12.g. When use this positive verb in the ‘tag’. ‘can’t you’ and ‘could you’ are used in ‘tag-questions’ after imperative mood sentences [refer to item 5]. will you? [asking somebody to help] Open the door. You saw him going. They are actually not questions: they mean something like “please”! [‘Won’t’ is used to invite somebody. Don’t wake me up early in the morning. used in its contracted form: is = is not = isn’t.g. we almost mean ‘really’ or ‘indeed!’. will you? ***13. ‘can’ and ‘can’t’ are used to tell people to do things. After a negative imperative verb word in the main part of the sentence. only ‘will you’ is used in the ‘tag’. ‘Will you’. ‘won’t you’. have you? [= Ah. we use positive verb in the ‘tag’ even if the verb in the main part of the sentence is positive. ‘will’. won’t you? [inviting somebody politely] Give me a hand. finally you got a job!] . Nonanomalous Verbs do not take the negative directly but take the help of ‘do/does’ in Simple Present Tense and ‘did’ in Simple Past Tense to form negative. ____? 3. ‘can you’. The negative verb form in the ‘tag’ is. ‘would’. e. would you? [asking somebody to open the door politely] Shut up. e.