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Using Question Tags in English 6 months 1 week ago #7617

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Communication Tip: Question Tags

Question tags (or tag questions) turn a statement into a question.

What they are used for: Question tags are generally used to confirm what you believe to be true.

How they are made: Question tags are formed by combining an auxiliary verb (e.g. be, do, have) with the subject’s pronoun (e.g. I, you, she, it, they).

Remember, if the main clause is positive, the question tag is negative, and if the main clause is negative, then the question tag is positive.
e.g. It's cold today (positive), isn't it (negative)? And: It isn't that cold today (negative), is it (positive)?

Examples: Using English Question Tags
* You’re a teacher, aren’t you? (i.e. I think you are a teacher, is that true?)

* The boss has a bad temper, doesn’t he? (i.e. I think the boss has a bad temper, do you agree?)

* The book I gave you wasn't enjoyable, was it? (i.e. I don't think the book was good, do you agree?)

* The chef wastes a lot of food, doesn’t he? (i.e. I think the chef wastes food, do you agree?)

* This lesson was enjoyable, wasn't it? (i.e. I think this lesson was enjoyable, and I think you agree.)

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Communication Tip: Question Tags/Tag Questions

You can turn a statement into a question by using a question tag.

What they do: Common in spoken English, question tags are generally used to get a confirmation or affirmation that what one said is true or correct.

How to form question tags: In a positive sentence a negative question tag is used and in a negative sentence a positive question tag is used.

Examples

* She works at Hyundai, doesn’t she?

* It really sounds like a fantastic idea, doesn’t it?

* Your dream of becoming a pilot finally came true, didn’t it?

* Kenji got a new girlfriend, didn’t he?

* You don’t like exercising, do you?

* She doesn’t work at Samsung, does she?

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