Question tags are the short questions that we put on the end of sentences – particularly in spoken English.
The basic structure of a tag question is:
A negative statement is followed by a positive question tag.
|Negative Statement||Positive Tag|
|You aren’t 12 years old||Are you?|
A positive statement is followed by a negative question tag.
|Positive Statement||Negative Tag|
|You are 12 years old||Aren’t you?|
Question Tags with Present Tenses
There are lots of different question tags but the rules are not difficult to learn.
|Simple Present||You have money, don’t you?|
|Simple Present||She has money, doesn’t she?|
|Verb to be||She is beautiful, isn’t she?|
|Present Progressive||She is cleaning, isn’t she?|
|Present Progressive||You aren’t coming, are you?|
|Present Perfect||You have done this, haven’t you?|
|Present Perfect||She hasn’t called you, has she?|
Question Tags with Past Tenses
|Simple Past||You had money, didn’t you?|
|Simple Past||She had money, didn’t she?|
|Verb to be||She was beautiful, wasn’t she?|
|Past Progressive||She was cleaning, wasn’t she?|
|Past Progressive||You weren’t cleaning, weren’t you?|
|Past Perfect||You had done this, had you?|
|Present Perfect||She hadn’t called you, hadshe?|
Questions Tags with Future Tenses
|Future with will||You will come, won’t you?|
|Future with will||He won’t study, Will he?|
|Future Continuous||He won’t be studying tonight, will he?|
|Future Continuous||He will be studying, will he?|
Question Tags: Special Points
Although the negative word not is not in the sentence, the sentence can be negative. Then we use the positive question tag.
|He never plays soccer||Doesn’t he?|
|She never runs with us||Doesn’t she?|
Use will/would with imperatives
|Turn off the fan||Will you?|
|Pass me the salt||Would you?|
If the main clause verb is I am, then the negative tag form is aren’t I:
|Sorry, I’m late again||aren’t I?|
|I am a little red||Aren’t I?|
We can use right and yeah in very informal situations instead of question tags:
|So, you’re not coming with us tonight||right?|
|They’ll be here about 4.30||yeah?|
We use shall after Let’s.
|Let’s take the next bus||shall we?|
|Let’s grab some lunch||shall we?|
|Let’s go to to the beach||shall we?|
Examples of Tag Questions
These are some examples of tag questions in different contexts:
- It’s a lovely day, isn’t it?
- You didn’t do your homework, did you?
- You don’t like me, do you?
- You haven’t seen Sascha, have you?
- You think you’re clever, don’t you?
- You have a car, don’t you?
- She can’t swim, can she?
- She was crying, wasn’t she?
- He does look like his father, doesn’t he?
- He hasn’t arrived yet, has he?
- You want to come with me, don’t you?
- You can swim, can’t you?
- You don’t know where the boss is, do you?
- This meal is horrible, isn’t it?
- That film was fantastic, wasn’t it?
- You have a Ferrari, don’t you?
- She had a great time, didn’t she?
- You used to work here, didn’t you?
- You’re moving to Brazil, are you?
- He used to have long hair, didn’t he?
Tag Questions Exercises
Now that you understand more about questions tags, try to work on these exercises
- You are american,__________________
- She doesn’t like playing soccer,______________
- He makes cakes every morning,______________
- She will play for our team,___________________
- You are a university student, ________________
- You have been to Italy,_____________________
- We haven’t met before_____________________
- Online Questions Tags Quiz
- Online Grammar Quiz – Questions Tags
- Exercises on Question Tags
- Question Tags – Positive
- Question Tags – Negative
- Question Tags – Multiple Choice
- Past Tense Question Tags
- Tag questions test PDF
- Grammar Challenge – Question Tags Practice PDF
- Question Tags Exercises PDF
- Grammar Question Tags PDF
- Question Tags Exercises PDF