Unit 11.2

Question Tags formation

Syntax


Introduction

A Question Tag is a short question at the end of a sentence which is used to check information, ask for confirmation (negative tag) or agreement (positive tag).

Form

Question Tags usually have the following structure:

  • Positive sentence + , + negative tag [auxiliary + not + subject]?
  • Negative sentence + , + positive tag [auxiliary + subject]?

Example

  • Positive statement + negative tag
    • You called the ambulance, didn’t you?
    • He is the prime minister, isn’t he?
    • They can go to the town hall, can’t they?
  • Negative statement + positive tag
    • You don’t like this political party, do you?
    • He is not going to the army, is he?
    • They couldn’t arrive yesterday, could they?

Use

Negative Tags are used with positive sentences when looking for confirmation.Positive Tags are used with negative sentences when looking for agreement.

Summary

We use a Question Tag as a short question at the end of a sentence and we use it to check information, ask for confirmation (when it is a negative question tag) or agreement (when it is a positive question tag).

These Question Tags have the following structures:

  • Positive sentence + , + negative tag [auxiliary + not + subject] ?
  • Negative sentence + , + positive tag [auxiliary + subject] ?

For example:
“You love me, don’t you?”= The speaker checks if the person loves him or not.
“She didn’t go to school yesterday, did she?”= The speaker checks if the person went to school or not.

Let’s revise this content within the [Form] section. Take a look at the [Example] section that shows its use within a context.

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