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Unit 11.2

Question Tags formation

Syntax

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

Question tags are formed by the same verb of the sentence (auxiliary verbs, the verb to be and modal verbs).

Their structures are:

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

Question tags can be used as questions where we just want to know the answer or to ask for agreement when we already know the answer.

Positive sentences use negative tags when looking for confirmation.
Negative sentences use positive tags when looking for agreement.

Question tags are short questions at the end of a sentence and we use them to check information, ask for confirmation (negative tag) or agreement (positive tag).

Their structures are:

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

For example:
— “You love me, don’t you?” = The speaker asks for confirmation.
— “You don’t love me, do you?” = The speaker asks for agreement.

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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