Tag Question for SSC and HSC Exam

1. Use

frequently used in spoken English when you want someone to agree or disagree

2. Form

  • positive statement → question tag negative → You are Tom, aren’t you?
  • negative statement → question tag positive → He isn’t Joe, is he?

3. Examples

3.1. with auxiliaries

  • You‘ve got a car, haven’t you?

3.2. without auxiliaries (don’t, doesn’t, didn’t)

  • They play football on Sundays, don’t they?
  • She plays football on Sundays, doesn’t she?
  • They played football on Sundays, didn’t they?
Questions tags are used to keep a conversation going. You can agree or refuse to a sentence with a question tag.
  • Affirmative sentence: He is from Germany, isn’t he?
  • Negative sentence: He isn’t from Germany, is he?
Possible answers are Yes or No. If you use Yesdo not use contracted forms. If you use Nocontracted form are possible.
  • Yes, he is.
  • No, he is notor No, he isn’tor No, he‘s not.


4. Special points

4.1. Although the negative word not is not in the sentence, the sentence can be negative. Then we use the positive question tag.

  • He never goes out with his dog, does he?

4.2. If have is a main verb in the sentence and refers to states, there are two possible sentences – We have a car, _____?

  • We have a car, haven’t we? mostly British English
  • We have a car, don’t we? mostly American English

4.3. Use will/would with imperatives (Simple Present).

  • Open the window, will you?
  • Open the window, would you?
  • Don’t open your books, will you?

4.4. We use won’t with a polite request.

  • Open the window, won’t you?

4.5. We use shall after Let’s.

  • Let’s take the next bus, shall we?

4.6. Auxiliary must

We must be at home at 8 pm, mustn’t we?
  • Yes, we must.
  • No, we needn’t.

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