Question Tags or Tag Question
|Question Tags (Q.T.) are short additions to sentences, asking for agreement or confirmation.|
If the sentence is positive (+), the question tag will be negative (-).
If the sentence is negative (-), the question tag will be positive (+).
- Question tag’s subject will always be a PRONOUN, (Never a noun).
Man is the best creation of God, isn’t he?
Birds can fly, can’t they?
- When the Q.T. Is negative, it will be contracted: won’t I? (Never Say…… Will I not?)
[We can also frame a Q.T. in the negative without contraction, but it is very unusual. You saw him, did you not?]
- If there is let’s at the end of the statement, use……… Shall we?
But Let him/them/her/the boy etc.> Will you?
- If there is Ought to at the end of the statement, use………
You ought to see a doctor, shouldn’t you?
- If the sentence is an imperative one, use….. will you? Or Would you? Or Can you? or Could you?
Wait here a moment, can you?
Open the door, could you?
- If there is Don’t in the statement, use……….Will you?
Don’t make a noise, will you?
- If the subject contains words like everyone, everybody, someone, somebody, anyone, anybody, no one, nobody, none, neither etc. we don’t know the person’s sex (whether the person is he/she) , the subject of the Question tag will be They.
Someone called you, didn’t they?
None can fly in the sky, can they?
- When any negative sentence contains words like…………
Neither, no, none, no one, nobody, little, few, nothing, scarcely (ever), hardly (ever), barely, seldom, rarely etc. its meaning becomes negative as a result, the question tag is affirmative.
No salt is allowed, is it?
Nothing was said, was it?
Nobody loves a mad, do they?
- If the sentence begins with It or There, the subject of the Question Tag will be It or There.
It’s a good idea, isn’t it?
There is a college in the village, isn’t there?
- If there is I’m in the statement , use ………….aren’t I?
I am a stupid, aren’t I?
I am not a stupid, am I?
If there is this and that in the statement, use………….it?
This or that dress is expensive, isn’t it?
- In the complex sentences consider the independent clause for question tag.
I like him because he is honest, don’t I?
But if the dependent clause begins with think, believe, expect, hope, etc. the dependent clause will be considered.
I think he is honest, isn’t he?
We hope that Brazil will win, won’t it?
- Have to = Don’t
- Has to = Doesn’t
- Had to = Didn’t
I have to go now, don’t I?
I had to go then, didn’t I?
The man has to go, doesn’t he?
- If there is Need or Dare in the sentence, use……… needn’t or daren’t and don’t or doesn’t.
I need go, needn’t I ?
I need to go, don’t I?
I need a pen, don’t I?
I dare say, daren’t I?
I dare to say, don’t I?
I dare to dress differently, don’t I?
- If there is non-auxiliary Have in the sentence, use ….Do or Have
I have a book, don’t I? / haven’t I?
He has gone to Dhaka, hasn’t he?
- It’s means It is or It has.
It’s a nice book, isn’t it?
It’s rained this morning, hasn’t it?
- It’d means It would or It had.
It’d be nice, wouldn’t it?
It’d been raining for two hours yesterday, hadn’t it?
If the sentence is an exclamatory one, leave out the note of exclamation (!) and put a comma instead. Now make the question tag as per the Tense of the statement.
How nice the bird is!
Tag: How nice the bird is, isn’t it?
How sweetly the bird sings!
Tag: How sweetly the bird sings, doesn’t it?
|Am||Am not||Am not [ never say amn’t] [say aren’t if need be]|
|Can||Can not||Cannot / Can’t[Never say ….can not]|
If there is S/ES at the end of a verb, use Does.
My father cooks our breakfast everyday,….?
The man works in a factory,…………..?
If there is V2/ past form of the verb, use Did.
Vasco Da Gama discovered America,…….?
Brazil won the world cup in 1994,………….?
My friend knew the answer,…………?
|All of usEveryone of usMost of usMajority of usMany of usNone of us
Some of us
|All of themEveryone of themMost of themMajority of themMany of themNone of them
Some of them
|All of youEveryone of youMost of youMajority of youMany of youNone of you
Some of you
All of us can swim, can’t we?
All of them can swim, ………..?
All of you can swim,…………….?
Many of them smoke,……………?
None of us smoke,…………..?
Some of you smoke,………………..?
Most of us can speak English,………..?
Majority of them voted Mr. Modi,………..?
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