Formation of Question Tags

Formation of Question Tags :

It is a usual practice in conversatin to make a statement and ask the listener if he agres with it.

It’s very hot. Isn’t it?

The speaker thinks it is very hot, but wants to make sure by asking.

The latter part ISN’T IT? is called a question tag.

In most languages the question tag is a fixed phrase. But in English different question tags are used in different contexts. The form of the question tag should be in agreement with the subject and the verb in the statements.

Study the question tags in the sentences below.

It’s fine, isn’tit?

He is your cusin. Isn’t he?

Ramesh has come. Hasn’t he?

Your sister can sing well. Can’t she?

You smoke. Don’t you?

Tom smokes. Doesn’t he?

He arrived last night. Didn’t he?

They haven’t agreed. Have they?

Padma doesn’t know Hindi. Does she?

I needn’t come again. Need I?

You didn’t attend the party. Did you?

This novel isn’t interesting. Isn’t it?

You must have noticed the following points from your study of these exmapels.

(a) The subject of the statement is repeated in the question tag. If it is noun, it is repeated in its pronoun form.

(b) If ther is a special verb in the statement, it is repeated in the question tag.

(c) If there is not special verb. Do/does/did is ued in the queston tag.

(d) Unless the statement is negative, N’T is usually added to the verb in the question tag.

Thus we have the following question tag patterns.

(i) Special verb + n’t + pronoun (for affirmative statements)

(ii) Special verb + pronoun (for negative statements)

Note :

Am + n’t I ---------Are n’t I?

I’m taller than you. Aren’t I?

After suggestions with let’s, we use shall we.

Let’s meet him. Shall we?

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Formation of Question Tags

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Letter Asking for Donations
Letter Denying of Dealership
Letter for Change of Address
Letter for Distributorship
Letter for Employment
Letter for Hotel Reservation
Letter for Letter of Credit
Letter for Line of Credit
Letter for Product Launch
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Letter for Retirement Congrats
Letter for Scholarship
Letter for Settlement of Bill
Letter for Tender
Letter for Testimonial
Letter of Agreement
Letter of Assurance
Letter of Credit
Letter of Enquiry
Letter of Order
Letter of Persuasion
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Letter Offering Discount
Letter Related to Advertisement
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Letter Related to Training
Letter to A Foreign Buyer
Letter to Pen-Friend
Letter to Police
Letter with Order
Letter with Quotation
Letter Writing
Letters about Company Shares
Letters by Clubs and Societies
Letters by Landlords & Tenants
Letters for Appointment of Dealers
Letters for Business Relations
Letters for Buying and Selling
Letters for Credit & Collection
Letters for Foreign Travel
Letters for Lease & Tenancy
Letters for Loan & Borrowing
Letters for Transfer & Assignment
Letters for Insurance
Letters Noting Discrepancy
Letters of Condolence & Sorrow
Letters of Regret
Letters Regarding Maintenance
Letters Regarding Payment
Letters Related to Employees
Letters to Local Corporation
Letters to Postal Authorities
Letters to The Editor
Letters Used in Real Estate
Letters With Postal Department
Letters With Railways Authorities

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