Unit 11.2

Question Tags formation

Syntax

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] ?

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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