what are Question tags English Grammar ielts exam

what are Question tags English Grammar ielts exam

Form:- We form question tags with

  1. The auxiliary verbs / be form / have / do form.
  2. Modal verb.

Type – 1

 After a positive statement we use negative tag to ask if a person agrees with

the statement.

  1. Its lovely today, isn’t it? Positive statement + negative tag.
  2. You’ll be on holiday next week, won’t you? – Positive statement + negative

tag.

  1. Bab likes this weather, doesn’t he?
  2. You saw Jennifer yesterday, didn’t you?

Type – 2

 After a negative statement we use a positive tag to ask if a person agrees with

The statement.

  1. We haven’t had a nice summer, have we?
  2. The dog can’t get ant, can it?
  3. I won’t be long you’ll be back soon, will you?

Type – 3

 After a positive statement we can use a positive tag when we have just found out 

or just remembered some information.

v After ‘had better’ we use a tag with had.

v After ‘would’ rather we use a tag with would.

v After suggestions with let’s and after ‘offers’ we use a tag with shall.

v After an imperative we use a tag with will, would, can, could.

 

  1. Let’s have some fresh air. Shall we?
  2. Open the door. Will you?
  3. Shut the window. Can you?

Exceptions

Some verbs / expressions have different question tags. For example:

I am – I am attractive, aren’t I?

Positive imperative – Stop daydreaming, will / won’t you?

Negative imperative – Don’t stop singing, will you?

Let’s – Let’s go to the beach, shall we?

Have got (possession) – He has got a car, hasn’t he?

There is / are – There aren’t any spiders in the bedroomare there?

This / that is – This is Paul’s pen, isn’t it?

 

Intonation

When we are sure of the answer and we are simply encouraging a response, the intonation in the question tag goes down:

  • This is your car, isn’t it?
    (Your voice goes down when you say isn’t it.)

When we are not sure and want to check information, the intonation in the question tag goes up:

  • He is from France, isn’t he?
    (Your voice goes up when you say isn’t he.)

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