Posted by: Idioma Extra | April 10, 2014

Grammar Guru


Tag Questions

Tag questions are tricky even though they look pretty simple. According to http://www.englishclub.com, “A tag question is a special construction in English. It is a statement followed by a mini-question. The whole sentence is a “tag question”, and the mini-question at the end is called a “question tag”.

The main idea is that if you have a positive statement like “You like pizza and beer” the tag question will be in the negative. In this example, the whole sentence with a tag question would be “You like pizza and beer, don’t you?”

If the main sentence is in the negative like “You hate fast food” then the tag question is in the positive. In this case, the sentence with tag question would be “You hate fast food, don’t you?”

For the verb “to be” you use a form of “to be” in the tag question. For other verbs in the present simple or past simple you use “do/does” or “did.”

Finally, remember that tag questions are used for confirmation. You are expecting the person you are talking to to agree with you.

You can read up more on tag questions here: Tag question information

Now play a fun board game to practice tag questions! I personally enjoyed the alien theme, but there’s a pirate theme as well as a crocodile theme. You’ll have fun, won’t you?


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