3-4 New year’s resolution

Hello my friends.

It’s time to keep asking about everything, because if you don’t ask maybe you’d be doubtful. For that reason, if you have a doubt, ask until you get the answer. In that case keep working with the Tag Question.

Try to remember a little more about this.

Form

auxiliary verb + subject

1. If the auxiliary verb in the sentence is positive, the tag is negative.

    • You are Spanish, aren’t you?

2. If the auxiliary verb in the sentence is negative, the tag is positive.

    • You’re not Spanish, are you?
3. If there is no auxiliary verb in the sentence, we use do.
    • You live in Spain, don’t you?

Functions and examples

1. We use tag questions to confirm information.

    • This meal is horrible, isn’t it?

2. We use tag questions when we are already sure of the answer and just want confirmation (falling intonation with the tag question).

3. We use tag questions to check information.

  • You haven’t got a piece of paper, have you?
  • You don’t know where the boss is, do you?
  • The meeting’s tomorrow at 9am, isn’t it?

4. If we do not know the answer, these are real questions, and we use a rising intonation with the tag question.

Important points

1. In the present tense, if the subject is ‘I’, the auxiliary changes to ‘are’ or‘aren’t’.

  • I’m sitting next to you, aren’t I?

2. With ‘let’s’, the tag question is ‘shall we’.

  • Let’s go to the beach, shall we?

3. With an imperative, the tag question is ‘will you’.

  • Close the window, will you?

4. With used to, we use ‘didn’t’ in the tag question.

  • You used to work here, didn’t you?

5. We can use positive question tags after positive sentences to express a reaction such as surprise or interest.

  • You’re moving to Brazil, are you?

After reading all this point try to remember because will be very useful when you heard something important or you didn’t hear very what a person said.

Keep studying and see you next time.

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