Exercise 3

Fill in the gaps with the correct question tags.

Dialogue 1

A: You haven't washed the dishes, 1 ?

B: No, sorry. I didn't have time. And you are angry now, 2 ?

A: Well, if you promise you will do something, you should do it, 3 ?

B: Yes, yes, OK, mum! You want me to wash them now, 4 ?

A: Of course I want you to wash them now, because you won't pay me to wash them for you, 5 ?
 

Dialogue 2

A:  You went to Denali National Park last month, 6 ?

B: Yes, it was great!

A: But you had been there before, 7 ?

B: Yes, but when you really loved a place the first time you went, it's always nice to go back, 8 ?

A: Of course. I'm sure the views are amazing.

B: Yes, they're great. You have never been there, 9 ?

A: No, it's a shame. I suppose I should go one day, 10 ?


 

 

Function

 
Question tags are used at the end of statements to turn the statements into questions. We normally use question tags to check something you think you know or you think is true.
 

Form

 
Use the same auxiliary verb as in the main sentence. If there is no auxiliary verb, use do for present and did for past. And always use a comma before the question tag and a subject pronoun at the end (I, you, he, she, it, we, you they)

  • You are his brother, aren’t you?
  • He will be there, won’t he?
  • You work here, don’t you?
  • Sam used to live in Scotland, didn’t he?

If the main sentence is negative, use a positive auxiliary. If the main sentence is positive, use a negative auxiliary.

  • You like it, don’t you?
  • You don’t like it, do you?

 

aren’t I?

 
Note when we have an affirmative sentence with I am, the question tag is aren’t I?

  • I’m totally wrong, aren’t I?

 
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