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Why do we use question tags? To get someone involved in our conversation and encourage a response To confirm information that you think is true
Remember that… We use the auxiliary or modal verb in the statement in the question tag. Ex: She looks really great, doesn’t she? / Your father can’t drive, can he? We only use pronouns in question tags. For positive statements, the question tag must be negative : +S, neg aux/modal+pronoun? Mary plays the piano very well, doesn’t she? For negative statements, the question tag must be positive. -S, aux/modal+pronoun? You didn’t lock the door, did you?
Outstanding exceptions: What do you use after…. Let’s imperatives ….. and after I’m ?
Specific cases After Let’s, the question tag is… shall we ?: Let’s go to a Chinese, shall we? After the imperative (do, don’t), we can use will/would or can/can’t/could, being will the most common one: Don’t be late, will you?
After I’m, we can use am I not? or aren’t I? : I’m right, aren’t I? We use they to refer to somebody, anybody, everybody and nobody : Everybody likes being on holiday, don’t they? We use it after anything, nothing, something, everything : Nothing has been done about it, has it?
We use a positive question tag after never, hardly, little, seldom, rarely : He’d never met her before, had he ? After there is/are/was/were, there has to be in the question tag: There is someone in the garden, isn’t there?
What about ANSWERS? The info is right: –Positive main verb: + short answer You work for Peter, don´t you? Yes, I do –Neg main verb: - short answer You haven´t been to China, have you? No, I haven´t The info is wrong: Use “actually” and the same form you have in the question tag. Jack is a lawyer, isn´t he? Actually, he isn´t
1.You’ve called the movers, 2.They’re coming tomorrow, 3.This isn’t going to be cheap, 4.You haven’t finished packing, 5.We don’t need any more boxes, 6.Pablo is going to help us, 7.We can put some things in storage, 8.Jack isn’t buying our bookcases, 9.We need to disconnect the phone, 10.The movers aren’t packing the books for us, 11.We can’t turn off the electricity yet, 12.Moving is hard, a.can we? b.do we? c.is he? d.isn’t it? e.aren’t they? f.have you? g.isn’t he? h.is it? i.haven’t you? j.don’t we? k.can’t we? l.are they?
Think about question tags for these statements: I’m right,_____________? You’ve been working late again,_____________? You haven’t got a pen by any chance,____________? Let’s have a break,_________? Sit down a moment, ________? You met your husband in N.Y,___________? We’re going to London on Saturday, ______________? You haven’t broken that as well, ____________?