Question Tags

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Hey everyone! This post is for those who would like to learn more about Question Tags.

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Question Tags are used to ask someone to agree with us or to check if something is true:

It’s confusing, isn’t it?

You haven’t been to prison, have you?


How to form a tag question?

Simply use the same verb tense and subject used in the first sentence. If the main sentence is affirmative, the tag question will be negative. If the main sentence is negative, the tag question will be affirmative.

You are coming, aren’t you?

They didn’t pay the bill yesterday, did they?


* Simple Tenses (use auxiliar verbs)

They work here, don’t they?

He didn’t call yesterday, did he?


* Perfect Tenses

They have lived here, haven’t they?

We hadn’t met him before the party, had we?


* Modal Verbs

She should be here by now, shouldn’t she?

You won’t make a mess, will you?


* Be as the main verb

They aren’t related, are they?

She isn’t famous, is she?


Watch out!

* If sentences start with “I am, we use “aren’t I?”. If sentences start with “I’m not”, we use “am I?”.

I’m right, aren’t I?

I’m not late, am I?

* With “let’s”, we use “shall we” in the question tag.

Let’s go to the park now, shall we?


For more practice, click on the links below:

Perfect English Grammar


Movie Segments to Assess Grammar Goals

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