Question Tags

When having an informal conversation, it is important to make sure you keep it open so that your listener can take part in it. For that, we use QUESTION TAGS :

The basic structure is:

Question tags are formed by the auxiliary or modal verb + subject from the main statement.

You can’t ski, can you?
You have to go, don’t you?
I have been working hard, haven’t I?

There are some special cases you must be careful with:

I am right, aren’t I?
Nothing came in the post, did it?
Let’s go, shall we?
Don’t open the door, will you?
Be quiet, will/won’t you?

The different intonation when using a question tag shows how sure you are about the information you are giving:

You haven’t met Mary, have you? / rising Real question.I’m not sure
It’s a beautiful day, isn’t it? \ falling not a real questionI’m sure

If in doubt, here you are some exercises online for you to practice.

exercise 1. exercise 2. exercise 3

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