Question tags are very common in spoken English. We use them to keep conversation going by involving listeners and inviting them to participate.


The most common patterns are;

positive sentence – negative tag  or  negative sentence – positive tag

  • You work in a law office, don’t you?
  • Your father will retire in July, won’t he? 
  • Your English has improved a lot in the last couple of years, hasn’t it?
  • She used to live in Istanbul, didn’t she? 
  • She isn’t honest, is she?
  • We don’t have to go to school next week, do we?
  • She isn't really the sort of person you want to marry, is she?
  • He didn’t use to smoke, did he?

When using tag questions, watch for 4 points:
* What tense is the verb?
* What kind of verb is it? (to be/other verbs)
* Is the sentence affirmative or negative?
* Does the pronoun need to be changed?


Look at these examples:


Jack's happy,  isn't he?
Susan's tired, isn't she?
It's warm today, isn't it?
They're busy, aren't they?
they are -> aren't they?
You and I are fun people, aren't we?
You're quiet, aren't you?
I'm intelligent, aren't I? or am I not?

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