Question tags

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Questions tags are the small questions that often come at the ends of sentences.

Questions tags are used to check whether something is true, or to ask for agreement. Note that we use a negative question tag after an affirmative sentence and a non-negative question tag after a negative sentence.

Note that we do not use question tags after questions.

Word structure

If the main sentence has an auxiliary verb, this is repeated in the question tag.

If the main sentence has no auxiliary, the question tag has do.

Advanced points

The question tag for I am is aren’t I?

After let us ---, we use shall we?

There can be a subject in question tags.

Negative words

Non-negative tags are used after sentences containing negative words like never, no, nobody, hardly, scarcely and little.

We use it in question tags to refer to nothing and everything.

In sentences with question tags, it is quite common to leave out pronoun subjects and auxiliary verbs.

See also

Question tags
Question words
Quite

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