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What are Question Tags?

Question tags are short questions at the end of a statement. There are several reasons why we might do this.

Overall, we use question tags to encourage a response from another person.

We use question tags to confirm something that is true or not true.

Future speculation is another reason to use this type of grammar.

Advanced speakers of English know this grammar well. It is extremely common in spoken English.

We can also use question tags to imply an offer. Question tags are formed with an auxiliary or modal verb.

Positive statements are followed by a negative tag while negative statements are followed by a positive tag.

If your statement is a true question, your intonation rises. If you know the answer or share your opinion, your intonation falls.

“Confirmation,” Question Tag Examples.

You like pizza, don’t you? I know you like pizza.

You don’t like pizza, do you? I know you don’t like pizza.

You are happy, aren’t you? I know you are happy.

You aren’t happy, are you? I know you are not happy.

She has been to Italy, hasn’t she? I know she went to Italy.

She hasn’t been to Italy, has she? I know she has never been to Italy.

You can’t drive a car, can you? I know you can’t drive.

You can drive a car, can’t you? I know you can drive a car.

“Future Speculation,” Question Tag Examples.

You won’t fail the exam, will you? I am not sure you will pass the exam.

The weather is going to be warm tomorrow, isn’t it? I am not sure.

You are going to work tonight, aren’t you? I am not sure.

The economy will improve, won’t it? I am not sure.

“Offer,” Question Tag Examples.

You would like to eat out tonight, wouldn’t you? An offer to go out.

You would like to watch a movie tonight, wouldn’t you? An offer to watch.

You would like to stay for dinner, wouldn’t you? An offer to stay.

You would like some dessert, wouldn’t you? An offer for dessert.

These examples are general ideas for question tags. Work with your teacher for a complete explanation and examples.

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Question Tags Everyday Dialog.

We use question tags to
confirm something that’s
true or not true.
We use question tags
for future speculation.
Something about the future.
And we use.
Advanced speakers of English
know this grammar well because
this is truly the way that
many people speak in
everyday conversation.
Question tags are extremely
common in spoken English.
We can also use question tags
to imply an offer. So.
This kind of grammar, instead
of using the word “do”
all the time.
do you want?
We often use a question tag
and I’ll show you how
this works in a minute.
Question tags are formed
with an auxiliary or modal verb. So.
What’s an auxiliary verb?
Well common auxiliaries are;
“Have, do, get, be.”
“Modal verbs, can, could, will, would.
Something like that.
Positive statements are followed
by a negative tag.
While negative statements are
followed by a positive tag. So.
We’re gonna talk about
that here in a minute.
If your statement is a
true question, your intonation
rises. It goes up.
And if you know the answer
or share your opinion,
your intonation falls or
maybe stays at
a neutral or level.
Here are some confirmation
question tag examples.
Now what do I mean by
conformational? Confirmation
means that I think
I know something
and I just want your opinion
or I want to see if what I
think I know is correct or not.
You like pizza, don’t you?
You see? Because I know
you like pizza.
We’ve been out to and
we’ve had pizza many times
on Friday night. It’s
Friday afternoon and I want
to invite you for pizza. So.
I look at you and I say,
You like pizza, don’t you?
And you say; Of course I do!
Are you silly?
And I say; let’s go to
pizza tonight! Come on!
You don’t like pizza.
Do you?
And that’s because I
know you don’t like pizza.
You’re a vegetarian kind
of person. You don’t eat
meat. You don’t eat cheese.
Something like that. So.
You don’t like pizza, do you?
Okay well, maybe we should go
somewhere other than a pizzeria.
Maybe we should go to
the fish shop.
Maybe we should go
to have sushi.
Hey! You’re happy, aren’t you?
I know that you’re happy. So.
Ah, you’re happy aren’t you?
You see how I leveled off?
I could say;
Your a happy person, aren’t you?
You see how I brought
my intonation down
just a little bit because
it’s not a question.
I know you very well.
You aren’t happy, are you?
As I can see the look
on your face.
You’re not very happy.
Maybe because we didn’t
go to pizza last night.
But maybe we’ll go
tonight, who knows?
In this case, you aren’t
happy and I know that.
So, listen again.
You aren’t very happy, are you?
Sorry.
What did I say?
What did I do?
You see? So.
This is a question tag
and it’s a negative
because I started with
with a negative statement.
You aren’t happy, are you?
She has been to Italy,
hasn’t she? You see
because I know she went
to Italy or I’m pretty
sure she was going to
Italy at some point.
Maybe a few weeks ago.
A few months ago.
I’m making a statement
about somebody and I
would not say,
and again, be careful
with this grammar.
She has been to Italy,
hasn’t she?
Now, I could do that
if I had no idea.
She’s been to Italy,
hasn’t she?
I probably wouldn’t do that.
Sounds funny, doesn’t it?
Hey! She’s been to Italy,
hasn’t she?
Because I know she was
going or someone told me.
She hasn’t been to Italy,
has she?
Now, I know she has never
been to Italy.
Again, I’m not going
to bring my intonation
up. So. Listen carefully.
She hasn’t been to Italy,
has she?
And that’s because I know something
about, something about her.
Ah, you can’t drive a car, can you?
I know that you can’t
drive, because I’ve never
seen you drive.
You don’t have a driver’s
license. Something like that.
You can drive a car, can’t you?
You see? So.
I’m in the car with you
and you’re driving down
the road right now.
And wow! You’re a very
good driver.
You can drive a car, can’t you?
Now you’ll notice again.
I didn’t bring my intonation up.
That would not be correct.
Here are some future speculation
questions tag examples.
You won’t fail the exam, will you?
Now, I’m not sure you’ll
pass the exam and
this is why I brought
my intonation up.
There might be a number
of reasons to do this.
In a, let’s say neutral intonation
also. I might say;
You won’t fail the exam, will you?
Because you failed before.
And it’s so sad. So.
I hope you pass
the exam this time.
But, this is about
the future, isn’t it?
So, when we talk about
the future, nobody knows
what is going to happen
in the future.
And if I use intonation
that was either neutral
or came down, it’s maybe
because I want to give
you confidence. So listen.
You won’t fail the exam, will you?
You see? So. I brought my
intonation down and I hope
you don’t. Right?
Something like that.
I hope that you pass.
The weather is going to
be warm tomorrow, isn’t it?
You see? I’ve brought my
intonation up because
I don’t know the future.
If I said to you,
The weather is going to
be warm tomorrow, isn’t it?
It’s probably because
today is warm and
the weather man said,
Tomorrow will be just
like today! You see?
I know . Right? So.
Be careful with
that intonation.
Once again.
Hey! You’re going to
work tonight, aren’t you?
That’s because, I’m not
sure if I said
Hey! You’re going to
work tonight, aren’t you?
That’s because, I know.
If I brought the intonation
up, it’s because I don’t know,
you didn’t go to work yesterday
or the day before or
the day before. So.
Maybe you’re not going
to work tonight.
So, once again, I don’t
know for sure.
Hey! You’re going to
work tonight, aren’t you?
Because you haven’t
been to work the last
few days, we need
to pay the rent.
The economy will improve,
won’t it?
I have money in the
stock market and I hope
that the economy improves.
But if I am kind of a
negative person or you know what?
Hey! The economy
will improve, won’t it?
You see? So.
If I bring my intonation
down, I’m being a little
sarcastic there, aren’t I?
And I’m really not sure
about the future.
Here are some offer
question tag examples.
You’d like to eat out tonight,
wouldn’t you?
This is an offer
to go out. So.
I’m using a positive
and a negative.
I wouldn’t use.
I wouldn’t bring my
intonation up.
I wouldn’t say,
You would like to eat
out tonight, wouldn’t you?
I wouldn’t do that because
I’m giving you an offer
and it’s really a very
polite way to make an
offer to someone. So.
Listen, this is the correct way.
You’d like to eat out
tonight, wouldn’t you?
Let’s go!
You see? So. Something
very polite like that.
Hey! You’d like to watch
a movie tonight, wouldn’t you?
Let’s go!
I kept my intonation neutral.
It’s an offer to watch. Right.
To watch a movie.
Hey! You’d like to stay
home for dinner, wouldn’t you?
Let’s stay home and I’ll cook.
You see? So.
Again, the intonation comes
down, not up, because
it’s an offer.
It’s not a true question.
You’d like some dessert,
wouldn’t you?
Again, this is an
offer for dessert.
Sitting at the table.
By the way, that word
“Dessert.”
Don’t confuse the word
“dessert” with “desert.”
Dessert D. E. S. S. E. R. T.
and desert with only one “S.”