QUESTION TAG

QUESTION TAG

GENERAL FORM :

 SENTENCE,  AUXILIARY + PRONOUN AS SUBJECT ?

USE :   1. to ask for confirmation of something that we are not sure about 2.to ask for agreement

Examples :

–    The students aren’t having a test, are they?

–    Mr. Andi has been familiar with the situation here,  hasn’t he?

–    This fertilizer isn’t dangerous, is it?

–    The forests can reduce the methane, can’t they?

–    You used to visit this place, didn’t you?

–    The woman who will be the jury in this festival comes from Jakarta,   doesn’t she?

–    After   your  sister  graduates from the university, she  will work here, won’t she?

There are few exceptions :

–    I am your best friend, aren’t I?

–    There is something to eat now, isn’t there?

–    Nothing is useful, is it?

–    Something has just happened here, hasn’t it?

–    No one realizes what they have done, do they?

–    Everyone in this class hasn’t been tested, have they?

–    You  rarely  / scarcely  / seldom pay him a visit, do you?

–    His parents never give him money, do they?

–    (invitation)   Do come in and enjoy yourselves, won’t you?

–    (telling people to do something)  Show your last creation, would / will you?

–    ( negative imperative )   Don’t tell a lie, will you?

–    (suggestion)  Let’s go for a walk, shall we?

–    ellipsis  : (It is) a nice place, isn’t it?

(She is) your new girl friend, isn’t she?

 

The meaning of question – tags will change according to  the intonation.

  • If  it  is said with a falling intonation,  it  makes  the sentence sound more like a statement or agreement.

e.g.      –  She is really a beautiful girl, isn’t she?

–   The meeting will begin next Monday, won’t it?

–   Her explanation isn’t correct, is it?

  • The  sentence is more  like a real question or  asking  for confirmation with the rising intonation.

e.g.  –    You have seen Andi somewhere, haven’t you ?

–    The  designers will have finished it before the  end of this month, won’t they ?

 

GRAMMAR

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