Question Tags - English Grammar Rules

Question Tags

English Grammar Rules

Question tags are short questions at the end of statements.

They are mainly used in speech when we want to:

Question tags are formed with the auxiliary or modal verb from the statement and the appropriate subject.

A positive statement is followed by a negative question tag.

A negative statement is followed by a positive question tag.

When the verb in the main sentence is in the present simple we form the question tag with do / does.

If the verb is in the past simple we use did.

When the statement contains a word with a negative meaning, the question tag needs to be positive

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Question Tags in English Positive Question Tags in English Negative Question Tags in English


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 bedroom, are there?

This / that is - This is Paul's pen, isn't it?


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

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

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