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QUESTION TAGS

QUESTION TAGS

Aren’t I?

The question tag for I am is aren’t I, not amn’t I.

I am late, aren’t I? (NOT I am late, amn’t I?)

Imperative sentences

The question tag for imperative sentences are will you/ won’t you/ can you / can’t you/ would you / could you.

  • Come here, will you?
  • Open the windows, would you?
  • Keep quiet, can’t you?
  • Shut up, won’t you?

The question tag for a negative imperative is “will you?”

  • Don’t forget, will you?

After let’s… we use shall we?

e.g. Let’s go for a walk, shall we?

Sentences containing negative words like hardly (=almost not), never, no, nobody and little are followed by non-negative tags.

  • You never call me, do you? (NOT …don’t you?)
  • He is no good, is he? (NOT …isn’t he?)
  • I have hardly ever met her, have I?

In question tags referring to “nothing” and “everything”, we use “it”.

  • Everything is ok, isn’t it? (NOT …isn’t everything?)
  • Nothing can happen, can it? (NOT …can nothing?)

In question tags referring to “nobody, somebody, everybody etc.”, we use “they”.

  • Nobody came, did they? (NOT …did nobody?)
  • Somebody wanted a drink, didn’t they?

After principal verb have, question tags with have and do are often both possible. Note that do is more common in American English.

  • They have a farm house, haven’t / don’t they?
  • He had a bad headache, hadn’t/didn’t he?

Exercise 1: Add suitable tags.

  1. You have never seen a snake, ________________?
  2. You didn’t see my keys, _____________?
  3. Help me with the washing-up, ________________?
  4. Nobody wants to be lonely, _____________?
  5. Everything is ready for the biggest event, ________ .
  6. Let’s start a new game, _____________?
  7. Don’t bother your sister, ______________?
  8. She ate all the cakes, _____________?

Exercise 2. Add suitable tags.
1.   Everybody's gone home, _______________ ?
2.   Nobody here speaks French, _______________ ?
3.   Nobody phoned, ______________ ?
4.   We never drink coffee, _______________ ?
5.   That's no excuse, _______________ ?
6.   Let's go for a walk, _______________ ?
7.   Nothing ever changes, _______________ ?
8.   I hardly smoke anymore, _______________ ?
Exercise 3. Add suitable tags:
1.   Nobody saw us, _______________ ?
2.   Sean never goes to bed until really late, _______________ ?
3.   Let's go to Mexico this summer, ____________?
4.   The sun hardly shone all summer, _______________ ?
5.   Somebody called me , _______________ ?
6.   It's never too late , _______________ ?
7.   There's no homework, _______________ ?
8.   Everybody enjoyed the party, _____________?

Exercise 4. Add suitable tags:
  1.   That's the best solution, _______________ ?
  2.   Nobody failed the exam, _______________ ?
  3.   Everybody's coming to the wedding, ______________ ?
  4.   Let's meet at the Irish pub, _______________ ?
  5.   We never see that actor any more, _______________ ?
  6.   He hardly said a word, _______________ ?
  7.   Somebody set the building on fire deliberately, _______________ ?
  8.   Don't forget to do your homework, _______________ ?
Exercise 5. Add suitable tags:
  1.   It's hardly surprising, _______________ ?
  2.   There's nothing anyone can do, ___________?
  3.   Somebody must have Tom's phone number, ______________ ?
  4.   There's no pizza left, _______________ ?
  5.   Don't let him boss you about, _____________ ? 
  6.   Let's be serious for a moment, _____________ ?
  7.   Everyone has heard of 'phrasal verbs', ___________?
  8.   Nobody was flirting with my boyfriend, _____________?

Exercise 6: Add suitable tags:

  • But you don't really love her, _______________?
  • This will work, _______________?
  • Oh you think so, _______________?
  • Well, I couldn't help it, _______________?
  • But you'll tell me if she calls, _______________?
  • We'd never have known, _______________?
  • Oh you do, ____________?
  • The weather's bad, _______________?
  • You won't be late, _______________?
  • Nobody knows, _______________?
  • You never come on time, _______________?
  • You couldn't help me, _______________?
  • You think you're clever, _______________?
  • So you don't think I can do it, _______________? (British English)
  • Shut up, _______________!
  • She can hardly love him after all that, _______________?
  • Nothing will happen, _______________?
  • He’d better do it, _______________?

 

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