Explanation about Question Tag

Question Tag

      Explanation about Question Tag. A Question tag is a short question at the end of statement. It is mainly used in speech when we want to confirm that something is true or not, or to encourage a reply from the person we are speaking to.

Form of question tag

Auxiliary + pronoun + ?

There are two main parts of question tag. They are main statement and question tag.

So the form is

Statement, Question Tag

Example

We are students, aren’t we?

We are students = statement

aren’t we = question tag

Pay attention of the following information:

  1. If main statement is positive ( + ), question tag should be negative ( – )

Example            

  • She is an artist, isn’t she?
  • They will go home, won’t they?
  1. If main statement is negative ( – ), question tag should be positive ( + )

Example

  • He didn’t play in the yard, did he?
  • We can’t stay here, can we?
  1. If subject in main statement is pronoun, subject in question tag should be the same as subject in main statement.

Example

  • They will go home, won’t they?
  • He didn’t play in the yard, did he?
  1. However, if subject in main statement is noun, subject in question tag should be changed into pronoun.

Example

  • Anisa has written a letter, hasn’t she?
  • The students don’t go home at 9, do they?
  1. Auxiliary in question tag should be the same as auxiliary in main statement.

Example

  • The students don’t go home at 9, do they?
  • She is an artist, isn’t she?
  1. However, if there is no auxiliary in main statement, it should use to do ( do, did, or does ) in question tag.

Example

  • She stops walking, doesn’t she?
  • Mr. Burhan dropped in my house, didn’t he?

The following exceptions should be more pay attention.

  1. When in main statement uses I am, the question tag should use aren’t I.

Example

  • I am here, aren’t I?
  • I am right, aren’t I?
  1. When the subject of the main statement is this or that, the subject of question tag is it.

Example

  • This is easy, isn’t it?
  • That’s your book, isn’t it?
  1. When the subject of the main statement is these or those, the subject of question tag is they.

Example

  • These are easy, aren’t they?
  • Those are your books, aren’t they?
  1. When the subject of the main statement is there, the subject of question tag is there.

Example

  • There is an accident, isn’t there?
  • There aren’t students in the classroom, are there?
  1. When the main statement is imperative sentence, question tag is will you or won’t you?

Example

  • Open the window, will you?
  • Close the door, won’t you?
  • Don’t cheat, will you? ( for negative imperative, it just uses will you )
  1. When the main statement is inviting sentence, question tag is shall we?

Example

  • Let’s go swimming, shall we?
  • Let’s study together, shall we?
  1. When the main statement has negative meaning, question should be positive ( + )

Example

  • She never comes here, does she?
  • Bagas hardly ever finished his homework, did he?
  1. When the subject of main statement is “somebody, someone, everybody, or every one”, question tag should be they.

Example

  • Somebody borrowed my coat yesterday, didn’t they?
  • Someone is knocking at the door, aren’t they?

       That’s all about question tag I can share, hopefully this explanation will be useful

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