Questions Tags in English Language

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When people speak in English and make a statement, they often add a little Question to the end of a sentence.

(1) We normally use a negative question tag after a positive sentence and a positive question tag after a negative sentence as is clear from A and B.

  • Jamil is very busy, isn’t he?
  • Jamil isn’t very busy, is he?

(2) In question tags we use verbs (be, have, will) as is evident from the following sentences.

  • He isn’t a good boy, is he?                         Yes, he is.
  • It is a nice day, isn’t it?                                Yes, lovely.
  • It was a good film, wasn’t it?                      Yes, I really enjoyed.
  • You haven’t seen Alia today, have you?     No, of course not.
  • Razia won’t be late, will she?                      No, she’s never late.

(3) We use (do, does, did) for the Present and Past tense as:    

  • Kiran goes to school, doesn’t she?           Yes, let’s.
  • They don’t like us, do they?                      No, not very.
  • You didn’t lock the door, did you?            No, forgot.

(4) After the imperative sentences the question tag is usually ‘will you’:

  • Open the door, will you?                              Yes.
  • Don’t be late, will you?                                 No, not at all.

(5) After ‘Let’s’ the question tag is ‘shall we’.

  • Let’s go for a walk, shall we?                       Yes let’s.
  • let’s go now, shall we?                                 Yes let’s.

Test Eight

(A) Complete the following positive statements with the negative question tag:

  1. You are French,                                       ……………………………..
  2. There was a lot of traffic,                          ……………………………..
  3. All the students have played well,            ……………………………..
  4. Judges wear wigs,                                     ……………………………..
  5. She can understand my language,            ……………………………..

(B) Complete the following negative statements with the positive question tag:

  1. Kinza doesn’t like mangoes,      ……………………………..
  2. Lubna doesn’t smile sweetly,     ……………………………..
  3. I don’t love her at all,                 ……………………………..
  4. Naheed did not stay in Lahore,  ……………………………..
  5. Don’t drop that vase,                  ……………………………..

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