Structure (Question Tags), Comprehension


Welcome to JSS3 Third Term!

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In today’s class, We will first treat a comprehension passage, then We will be discussing Structure (Questions Tags). We hope you enjoy the class!

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Topic: Comprehension: Story from Aludde’s Wealth

The passage is an extract from Khiddu Makubuya’s Aludde’s Wealth. The story narrates how Kamula  Aludde made a surprising announcement to his family. He told them how their wealth was come by – from the soil. By that, Kamula meant that they worked the soil to get their money.

Self Evaluation: Do practice 2 on pg. 204 of Effective English bk.3.

Reading Assignment: Read Effective English bk.3 pg. 203-204

Reference: Effective English bk.3

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TOPIC:        QUESTION TAG (Revision)

In all types of questions, the verbs in both the question and the answer must be in the same tense, for example, if the verb in the question is in the present tense, the verb in the answer must also be in the present tense.

Question tags/tag questions are mostly used when you want your listener(s) to agree with you on something. There are rules governing tag questions and answers. They are:

  1. Positive Statement, Negative Tag, Positive Answer
  2. Negative Statement, Positive Tag, Negative Answer
  3. An auxiliary verb repeats itself in the tag, but main verbs use the appropriate forms of the verb “DO”
  4. In a complex sentence, the tag is picked from the main clause.
  5. Statements containing negators are regarded as negative statements

Now consider the examples below:

Statement                                                                            Tag                             Answer

We are good friends,                                                       aren’t we?               Yes, we are.

You will do the work,                                                        won’t you?              Yes, I will.

She was there,                                                                    wasn’t she?             Yes, she was.

She didn’t send it,                                                              did she?                    No, she didn’t.

We went to the place,                                                     didn’t we?               Yes, we did.

You have two pencils,                                                     don’t you?                   Yes, I do.

Your sister can sing very well when she is not tired       can’t she?       Yes, she can.

Although the rains have been good, the harvest this year is a poor one,  isn’t it?       Yes, it is.

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Self Evaluation:  Do practice 2 on pg 93 of Effective English Bk. 3.

Reading Assignment: English Grammar by P.O Olatunbosun pg 76-79

References: English Grammar for JSS, pg 76 – 79; Effective English Bk. 3.



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