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Tag Questions

Tag questions are a common feature in English that serve to confirm or clarify information, express uncertainty, or seek agreement. They consist of a statement followed by a short question tag. 

Here’s a breakdown:

1. Structure: A tag question typically consists of a statement and a question tag. The question tag is a short question that mirrors the verb tense and polarity (positive or negative) of the statement.

   – If the statement is positive, the tag is negative.

   – If the statement is negative, the tag is positive.

   Example
   – Statement: “You like coffee.”
   – Tag question: “You like coffee, don’t you?”
   – Statement: “They aren’t coming.”
   – Tag question: “They aren’t coming, are they?”

2. Use: Tag questions are used for various purposes:

   – Seeking confirmation or agreement:
     – “You’re coming to the party, aren’t you?”

   – Expressing uncertainty:
     – “It’s cold outside, isn’t it?”

   – Softening statements:
     – “You didn’t like the movie, did you?”

   – Inviting a response:
     – “She’s a talented singer, isn’t she?”

3. Intonation: The intonation in tag questions can change their meaning. Rising intonation often indicates a genuine question seeking confirmation, while falling intonation can suggest the speaker’s expectation of agreement.

   – Rising intonation: “You’re coming to the party, aren’t you?” (Expecting confirmation)

   – Falling intonation: “You’re coming to the party, aren’t you.” (Expressing assumption)

4. Subject-Verb Agreement: The subject of the statement matches the subject of the tag.
   – “He is coming, isn’t he?”
   – “They are leaving, aren’t they?”
   – “You have finished, haven’t you?”

5. Auxiliary Verbs: If the main verb in the statement doesn’t have an auxiliary verb, the appropriate form of the verb ‘to do’ is used in the tag.
   – “She likes chocolate, doesn’t she?”
   – “You eat fish, don’t you?”

Practicing tag questions can help you reinforce your understanding of verb tenses, polarity, and subject-verb agreement while also improving conversational skills.

Tag Questions

You know your tag questions well, don't you?

1 / 40

So you bought a car, __________?

2 / 40

You would never tell him,  __________?

3 / 40

When you arrived, she had already left,  __________?

4 / 40

Your little Angie can't walk yet,  __________?

5 / 40

Henry and Juliet have just arrived, __________?

6 / 40

Tom couldn't find the place, __________?

7 / 40

She arrived too late, __________?

8 / 40

You like chocolate, __________?

9 / 40

He was at the concert, __________?

10 / 40

It isn't too cold today, __________?

11 / 40

You are a student, __________?

12 / 40

You wouldn't like to invite my Dad, __________?

13 / 40

So you bought a car, __________?

14 / 40

I'm right, __________?

15 / 40

We must lock the doors, __________?

16 / 40

They will wash the car, __________?

17 / 40

Nobody called, __________?

18 / 40

We won't be late, __________?

19 / 40

Let's go for a walk, __________?

20 / 40

You go to school, __________?

21 / 40

He's still sleeping, __________?

22 / 40

You've spoken with her, __________?

23 / 40

It was cold yesterday, __________?

24 / 40

The neighbors moved away, __________?

25 / 40

Peter and Nancy have been arguing, __________?

26 / 40

Your grandmother was Irish, __________?

27 / 40

Thomas came over last night, __________?

28 / 40

You lived in France, __________?

29 / 40

You were living in France, __________?

30 / 40

He has seen that movie, __________?

31 / 40

He called you, __________?

32 / 40

We have another carton of milk, __________?

33 / 40

Stefan is German, __________?

34 / 40

The neighbors like us, __________?

35 / 40

Peter and Nancy are coming to the party, __________?

36 / 40

Fiona is Irish, __________?

37 / 40

Thomas is coming over tonight, __________?

38 / 40

You live in France, __________?

39 / 40

You're living in France, __________?

40 / 40

Mary is going to see that movie, __________?

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