Edutainment – Bouteiller’s English Teaching in Hong Kong


Question Tag
April 21, 2008, 8:45 am
Filed under: Grammar Fun, S.2CD 2007-08

Look at these examples with positive statements:

positive statement [+] negative tag [-] notes:
subject auxiliary main verb   auxiliary not personal
pronoun
(same as subject)
 
You are coming,   are n’t you?  
We have finished,   have n’t we?  
You do like coffee, do n’t you?  
You   like coffee, do n’t you? You (do) like…
They will help,   wo n’t they? won’t = will not
I can come,   can ‘t I?  
We must go,   must n’t we?  
He should try harder, should n’t he?  
You   are English, are n’t you? no auxiliary for main verb be present & past
John   was there, was n’t he?

Look at these examples with negative statements:

negative statement [-] positive tag [+]
subject auxiliary   main verb     auxiliary personal
pronoun
(same as subject)
It is n’t raining,     is it?
We have never seen   that, have we?
You do n’t like   coffee, do you?
They will not help,     will they?
They wo n’t report   us, will they?
I can never do   it right, can I?
We must n’t tell   her, must we?
He should n’t drive   so fast, should he?
You     are n’t English, are you?
John     was not there, was he?

Some special cases:

I am right, aren’t I? aren’t I (not amn’t I)
You have to go, don’t you? you (do) have to go…
I have been answering, haven’t I? use first auxiliary
Nothing came in the post, did it? treat statements with nothing, nobody etc like negative statements
Let’s go, shall we? let’s = let us
He‘d better do it, hadn’t he? he had better (no auxiliary)

 

cited from: http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-questions-tag.htm 


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