Question Tags: Making Sentences, Adding the Question Tags


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In today’s class, we will be talking about question tags: making sentences, adding the question tags. Enjoy the class!

Question tags: making sentences, adding the question tags

Question Tags

  • Formation

If there is an auxiliary verb in the statement, we use it to form the question tag.

  1. don’t need to finish this today, do I?
  2. James is working on that, isn’t he?
  3. Your parents have retired, haven’t they?
  4. The phone didn’t ring, did it?
  5. It was raining that day, wasn’t it?
  6. Your mum hadn’t met him before, had she?

Sometimes there is no auxiliary verb already in the statement.

For example, when:

… the verb in the statement is present simple or past simple and is positive. Here we use don’tdoesn’t or didn’t:

  • Jan eats cheese, doesn’t she?
  • said that already, didn’t I? 

… the verb in the statement is to be in the present simple or past simple. In this case, we use to be to make the question tag:

  • The bus stop‘s over there, isn’t it?
  • None of those customers were happy, were they?

… the verb in the statement is a modal verb. Here we use the modal verb to make the question tag:

  • They could hear me, couldn’t they?
  • You won’t tell anyone, will you?

If the main verb or auxiliary verb in the statement is am, the positive question tag is, am I? but the negative question tag is usually aren’t I?

  • I‘m never on time, am I?
  • I‘m going to get an email with the details, aren’t I?


In our next class, we will be talking about the Use of Negative and Positive Tags Correctly in Sentences.  We hope you enjoyed the class.

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