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QUESTION TAGS It’s a nice day, isn’t it?. What are Question Tags? They are mini-questions, and they go at the end of a sentence in spoken English. You.

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1 QUESTION TAGS It’s a nice day, isn’t it?

2 What are Question Tags? They are mini-questions, and they go at the end of a sentence in spoken English. You didn’t lock the door last night, did you? They are mini-questions, and they go at the end of a sentence in spoken English. You didn’t lock the door last night, did you?

3 Formation They always use an AUXILIARY (have/ has/ is/ are/ am/do/does/ did/ will/… + the SUBJECT. The subject is always a pronoun (for example: “you”) If the auxiliary in the tag is negative, it needs to use a contraction (for example: “haven’t”) You have seen Lisa today, haven’t you? Positive sentences We normally use a negative Question Tag after a positive sentence. Kate will be here soon, won’t she? Negative sentences We normally use a positive Question Tag after a negative sentence. They don’t like us, do they? The formation of Question Tags

4 The meaning of Question Tags It depends on how you say it.

5 The intonation of Question Tags If the intonation goes down, you are inviting the listener to agree with you. She’s got a great sense of humour, doesn’t she? If the intonation goes down, you are inviting the listener to agree with you. She’s got a great sense of humour, doesn’t she? If the intonation goes up, it is a real question. You haven’t got a pen, have you? If the intonation goes up, it is a real question. You haven’t got a pen, have you?

6 ANSWERING QUESTION TAGS If the information is correct, you use a short answer. – You haven’t been to the USA, have you? – No, I haven’t. – But you’ve been to Africa, haven’t you? – Yes, I have. If the information is not correct, you use ACTUALLY to sound more polite. – You are an only child, aren’t you? – No, actually, I’m not. I’ve got a sister.

7 Exceptions in Question Tags LET’S – shall we? Let’s get out, shall we? IMPERATIVES – will you? Don’ t open the door, will you? Close the window, will you? I AM – aren’t I? I’m too impatient, aren’t I?


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