Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Question Tags

A question tag is a declarative statement  is turned into a question by adding an interrogative fragment (the "tag"). For example, in the sentence "You're John, aren't you?", the statement "You're John" is turned into a question by the tag "aren't you". 

frequently used in spoken English when you want s.o. to agree or disagree. They can be an indicator of politeness, emphasis or irony. 


positive statement ->question tag negative - You are Tom, aren't you?
negative statement->question tag positive - He isn't Joe, is he?

With auxiliary verbs

They’ve gone away for a few days, haven’t they?
They weren’t here, were they?

Without auxiliary verbs

I said that, didn’t I?
You don’t recognise me, do you?

With modal verbs

They couldn’t hear me, could they?

With ‘I am’

I’m the fastest, aren’t I?
I am not good, am I?

There are 2 kind of question tag based on the intonation whether we are asking a real question, or just using the question tag to keep the conversation flowing. See below:

Real question - rising intonation

You will do it quickly, won't you?

Checking information or making conversation - falling intonation

We've seen that film, haven't we?

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