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English Grammar

QUESTION TAGS

How question tags are formed and used in English.


Question tags are used to ask for agreement or confirmation.

  • They are formed with an auxiliary or a modal verb.
    If no auxiliary verb is in the statement, do/don’t/didn’t are used.

  • A positive statement is followed by a negative question tag :
    - John can swim, can‘t he ?

  • A negative statement is followed by a positive question tag.
    This includes words with a negative meaning (seldom, rarely, hardly, etc.)
    - She didn’t mean that, did she ?
    - He seldom travels, does he ?

QUESTION TAGS

POSITIVE STATEMENT NEGATIVE TAG
He
She
They
You
We
They
The others
You
The party
is
lives
are
can
must
could
should
have
was
very tall,
in Tokyo,
very kind,
drive,
participate,
carry it for you,
join us,
studied Greek
fun,
isn't he?
doesn't she?
aren't they?
can't you?
mustn't we?
couldn't they?
shouldn't they?
haven't you?
wasn't it?
Exceptions:
I
Let's
am
leave
clever,
now,
aren't I?
shall we?

NEGATIVE STATEMENT POSITIVE TAG
He
You
She
He
That
We
isn't
don't
hardly ever
can't
won't
shouldn't

in charge,
believe that story,
goes to the gym,
come earlier,
cause a problem,
take the same flight,
is he?
do you?
does she?
can he?
will it?
should we?

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