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Question Tags

1. A tag question is a short question (e.g. have you? / haven’t you?) that follows a
statement: You haven’t got a car, have you? It was a good film, wasn’t it?

2. Normally we usea positive question tag with a negative sentence:
negative sentence + positive tag Tom won’t be late, They don’t like us, That isn’t George over there, will he? do they? is it?

And normally weuse a negative question tag with a positive sentence:
positive sentence + negative tag Ann will be here soon, Tom should pass his exam, They were very angry, won’t she? shouldn’t he? weren’t they?3. How do we form QUESTION TAGS? a) Auxiliaries like be, have, can, may, must, should, etc. used in the statement
are reported at the end followed by the subject (always a pronoun):
John was annoyed,wasn’t he? auxiliary verb He wasn’t annoyed, was he?

I am late, aren’t I?

Notice that we say aren’t I? (= am I not)


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b)With all other verbs, tag questions are formed with do/don’t and
does/doesn’t (Present Simple) and did/didn’t (Past Simple):

You like fish, don’t you? He likes fish, doesn’t he?

They don’t likefish, do they? She liked fish, didn’t she?

This also applies to have and do as main verbs:
You have tea at 4, don’t you? You did your homework, didn’t you?

c) Tag questions are also possiblewith there:
There will be a strike, won’t there?

Add a question-tag to these sentences:
1. He is late this morning, _______________________? 2. The hotel was quite good, ________________________?3. She cooks well, _______________________? 4. You can’t tell the difference, _________________________? 5. They always sleep after lunch, __________________________? 6. You’re coming with us,_______________________? 7. Mary plays football, ________________________? 8. You didn’t have any lessons this morning, _______________________? 9. Ann is on holiday, ______________________? 10. The...
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