Grammar: Tag Questions
Tag questions are short questions which follow a statement immediately. They are usually used as responses to indicate an attitude to a statement. The tag question consists of an operator and a pronoun. That is, the subject in the tag question is a pronoun or introductory.
How to form tag Questions.
1. Positive Statements – Negative Tags
i. You are right, aren’t you?
ii. They are going, aren’t they?
2. Negative Statements – Positive Tags
i. He is not here, is he?
ii. You are not right, are you?
3. Helping verbs, are usually repeated in the tag
i. He is coming today, isn’t he?
ii. We shall not die, shall we?
iii. They can do it, can’t they?
4. Other verbs (main or lexical) have “do”, “does”, or “did” in the tag.
i. You don’t care for me, do you?
ii. John didn’t drink, did he?
iii. Joy failed her examinations, didn’t she?
5. The choice and tense of the operator (auxiliary) are determined by the verb phrase in the main clause of the statement.
i. John jumps over the fence, doesn’t he? (Present)
ii. John jumped over the fence, didn’t he? (Past)
Comprehensive English for Schools Page 130-131 by Martins Izuchukwu Amaechi
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