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TAG QUESTIONS Ms. Suthiya Mano. When do we use tag questions?  We use tag questions when we want to confirm some information, don’t we?  Yes, we do!

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1 TAG QUESTIONS Ms. Suthiya Mano

2 When do we use tag questions?  We use tag questions when we want to confirm some information, don’t we?  Yes, we do!

3 Compare:  John is a teacher (I know this is true).  John is a teacher, isn’t he? (I’m 90% sure, I need confirmation)  Mary runs every day (I know this)  Mary runs every day, doesn’t she? (I’m not 100% sure)

4 When do we use tag questions?  We also use tag questions when we think someone will agree with us, don’t we?  Yes, we do!

5 exceptions  Some tag questions form differently (they are irregular):  I’m right, aren’t I? I’m lucky, aren’t I?  Nobody is here, are they? (nobody is NEGATIVE, that’s why the tag is AFFIRMATIVE).  Everybody has done the homework, haven’t they?  There is plenty of food, isn’t there?

6 Short answers  Michelle went to a restaurant, didn’t she? Yes, she did. OR No, she didn’t.  We shouldn’t drink alcohol, should we? Yes, we should. OR No, we shouldn’t. (this person wants to drink alcohol) (this person agrees that we shouldn’t drink it)

7 Complete the following sentences with a suitable question tag.  Jane isn’t sleeping in the car, _____________________?  Your brother has a new watch,_____________________?  There’ll be snow on the ground in a few hours, _____________________?  You haven’t heard this joke yet, _____________________?  Stop shouting at each other, _____________________?  Little David doesn’t look like his mother, _____________________?  You parked in the wrong place, _____________________?

8 Complete the following sentences with a suitable question tag.  Nobody has called, _____________________?  You weren’t in London last summer, _____________________?  You could help me with these boxes, _____________________?  He found his wallet in the kitchen, _____________________?  The children hadn’t returned from school when I called, _____________________?  Don’t forget to buy the newspaper, _____________________?  She couldn’t have made such a mistake, _____________________?

9 Answers  Answer key  1  …is she?  … hasn’t he?  …won’t there?  …have you?  …will you?  …does he?  …didn’t you?  …have they?  …were you?  …couldn’t you?  …didn’t he?  …had they?  …will you?  … could she?

10 Question tags 1. Form: How can you form question tags in the following cases? - He can't hear very well, _________? - I'm wrong, _________? - Let's go home, _________? - She's got a brother, _________? - You always have cereal and coffee for breakfast, _________? - Be quiet, _________? - Don't shout, _________? - There's a cinema near your house, _________? - There were a lot of people at the beach, _________? - That's Mary's car, _________? - These are your sunglasses, _________? - Everyone was at the party, _________? - No one saw us, _________?

11  When there is a modal verb in the  clause, the question tag is formed by using this.  He can't hear very well, can he?  ► The question tag for I am is aren't I?  I'm wrong, aren't 1?  I'mX  ► The question tag for let's is shall we?  Let's go home, shall we?  ► When the clause is in the imperative, the question tag both in the positive and the negative is will you?  Be quiet, will you?  Don't shout, will you?

12  ► The question tag for have got is  formed using have or has. But when have is the main verb, the question tag is formed using the auxiliary verb  do/does/did.  She's got a brother, hasn't she? You always have cereal and coffee for breakfast, don't you?  ► When we have there is/are, there was/were, there will be etc., the  question tag in the clause, the  question tag is formed using there,  not it or they.  There's a cinema near your house, isn't there?  There's a einema near your house,  isn't it:? X  There were a lot of people at the beach, weren't there?  There were a lot of peoPle at th-e  X  ► When the subject of the clause are the words this/that or these/those, we use  it or they in the question tag.  That's Mary's car, isn't it?  These are your sunglasses, aren't they?

13  When the subject of the clause is a  word such as somebody, everyone, no one, we use they and a plural verb  in the question tag.  Everyone was at the party, weren't  they?  ► When the subject of the clause is a negative word such as nothing, no one, nobody, the question tag is  positive.  No one saw us, did they?

14 2. Position They always go at the end of the clause and are separated from this by a comma.

15 When do we use question tags? - when we are not absolutely sure about something and we want to confirm it, to find out whether or not it applies. You live in London, don't you? - Often we use them when we are sure about something and are simply waiting for our fellow speaker to agree with us. It's a lovely day, isn't it?


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