🌸Question Tag🌸

👉auxiliary verb + subject

💮 We use the same auxiliary verb in the tag as in the main sentence. If there is no auxiliary verb in the main sentence, we use do in the tag.

👉 You live in Spain, don’t you?

💮 If the auxiliary verb in the sentence is affirmative, the tag is negative.

👉 You’re Spanish, aren’t you?

💮 If the auxiliary verb in the sentence is negative, the tag is affirmative.

👉 You’re not Spanish, are you?

💮 Meaning

💮 We use tag questions to Confirm or check information or ask for agreement.

👉 You want to come with me, don’t you?

👉 You can swim, can’t you?

👉 You don’t know where the boss is, do you?

👉 This meal is horrible, isn’t it?

👉 That film was fantastic, wasn’t it?

💮 We use tag questions to Check whether something is true.

👉 The meeting’s tomorrow at 9am, isn’t it?

👉 You won’t go without me, will you?

🌼 Additional points

💮 In the present form of be: if the subject is “I”, the auxiliary changes to are or aren’t in the tag question.

👉 I’m sitting next to you, aren’t I?

👉I’m a little red, aren’t I?

💮 With let’s, the tag question is shall we?

👉 Let’s go to the beach, shall we?

👉 Let’s have a coffee, shall we?

💮 With an imperative, the tag question is will you?

👉 Close the window, will you?

👉 Hold this, will you?

💮 We use an affirmative tag question after a sentence containing a negative word such as never, hardly, nobody.

👉 Nobody lives in this house, do they?

👉 You’ve never liked me, have you?

💮 When the subject is nothing, we use “it” in the tag question.

👉 Nothing bad happened, did it?

👉 Nothing ever happens, does it?

💮 If the subject is nobody, somebody, everybody, no one, someone or everyone, we use “they” in the tag question.

👉 Nobody asked for me, did they?

👉 Nobody lives here, do they?

💮 If the main verb in the sentence is have (not an auxiliary verb), it is more common to use do in the tag question.

👉 You have a Ferrari, don’t you?

👉 She had a great time, didn’t she?

💮 With used to, we use “didn’t” in the tag question.

👉You used to work here, didn’t you?

👉He used to have long hair, didn’t he?

💮We can use affirmative tag questions after affirmative sentences to express a reaction such as surprise or interest.

👉You’re moving to Brazil, are you?

🌼Pronunciation

💮If we don’t know the answer, it is a real question and we use a rising intonation with the tag question.

👉You don’t know where the boss is, do you? ↗

💮If we know the answer and are just confirming the information a falling intonation is used with the tag question.

👉That film was fantastic, wasn’t it? ↘

🌼Question Tags On The Imperative ( Do/ Don’t )

💮After the imperative “do” or “don’t do”, we use the tag “will you” or “won’t you”. Let’s see the following example.

👉Open the window, will you?

👉Don’t be noisy, will you?

👉Get the phone for me, won’t you?

🌼Special Question Tags

Notice these special question tags.

👉Let’s dance, shall we?

👉I’m late, aren’t I?

🌼The Words Making Positive Question Tags

💮If a sentence contains the following words, we have to use positive question tags. The words have negative sense. 

never, seldom, hardly , ever

💮Let’s see the following example :

👉She never comes late, does she?

👉We seldom see our parents, do we?

🌼Special Subject In Question Tags

💮If the subject of the main sentence is everybody, everyone, somebody, someone, nobody or no-one,we use subject they on the question tag.

👉Let’s see the following example :

👉Everybody loves her, don’t they?

👉Somebody entered our house last night, didn’t they?