#EngClass: Tag Questions

​Hi fellas, how are you? I am so excited for Christmas.

Today we will learn about tag questions. 

A tag question is a question added at the end of a sentence.

Tag questions (or question tags) turn a statement into a question. 

They are often used for checking information that we think we know is true. 

Usually if the main clause is positive, the question tag is negative, and if the main clause is negative, the question tag is positive.
Affirmative (positive) sentence + negative tag –> affirmative answer expected.

E.g. Mom is here, isn’t she? –> Yes, she is.
Negative sentence + affirmative (positive) tag –> negative answer expected.

E.g. You don’t like tea, do you? –> No, I don’t.
The tag pronoun for this/that = it.

E.g. This is your book, isn’t it?
The tag pronoun for these/those = they.

E.g. These are yours, aren’t they?
In sentence with there + be, there is used in the tag.

E.g. There is a meeting tonight, isn’t there?
Personal pronouns are used to refer to indefinite pronouns.

E.g. Everything is okay, isn’t it?
‘They’ is usually used in a tag to refer to everyone, everybody, someone, somebody, no one, nobody.

E.g. Everyone took the test, didn’t they?
Sentence with negative words take affirmative tag.

E.g. You’ve never been there, have you?
I am supposed to be here, am I not? –> formal English.

I am supposed to be here, aren’t I –> common in spoken English.
How is it fellas? The lesson’s quite easy, isn’t it? Then in the next two weeks I will give you exercises depend on today lesson.

That’s all for today fellas. See you next Sunday.

Compiled and written by @sherlydarmali for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, December 10, 2016.

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