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).
Question Tags usually have the following structure:
- Positive sentence + , + negative tag [auxiliary + not + subject]?
- Negative sentence + , + positive tag [auxiliary + subject]?
- 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?
Negative Tags are used with positive sentences when looking for confirmation.Positive Tags are used with negative sentences when looking for agreement.
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] ?
— “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.