3. Negative Yes/No Questions and Tag Questions. This Isn’t Dangerous, Is It?. Focus on Grammar 4 Part III, Unit 7 By Ruth Luman, Gabriele Steiner, and BJ Wells Copyright © 2006. Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. “This isn’t dangerous, is it?”.
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You haven’t done this before,have you?
These parachutes work,don’t they?
We won’t get hurt,will we?
Use negative yes/no questions and tag questions to: check information you believe to be true OR comment on a situation.
Isn’tthe view great?
Don’t Ipull the blue cord?
I pull the blue cord,don’t I?
In both sentences the speaker believes that he should pull the blue cord and wants to check this information.
In both sentences the speaker is commenting on the view.
The view is great,isn’t it?
Like affirmative yes/no questions, negative yes/noquestions begin with a form of be or an auxiliary verb, such as have, do, will, can, or should.
had lunch yet?
Didn’t yousee the shark warningsign?
Form tag questions with statement + tag. The statement expresses an assumption. The tag means Right? OR Isn’t that true?
It’s a long way down, isn’t it?
I went the wrong way, didn’t I?
If the statement verb is affirmative, the tag verb is negative. If the statement verb is negative, the tag verb is affirmative.
You won’t talkfor toolong,
This rope will hold me, won’t it?
Form the tag with a form of beor an auxiliary verb, such as have, do, will, can, or should. Use the same auxiliary that is in the statement.
He hasdone this before, hasn’t he?
He isn’t joking, ishe?
You bought life insurance, didn’t you?
In the tag, only use pronouns. When the subject of the statement is that, the subject of the tag is it.
Tom isn’t enjoying this, is Tom?
That wasn’t my parachute,was it?
Example: You can swim, …
Use tag questions in conversations when you expect the other person to agree with you. In this type of tag question, the voice falls on the tag.
You’re right. I didn’t wear a seat belt.
That hurts, doesn’t it?
You didn’t wear a seatbelt, did you?
This type of tag question is more like a statement than a question. The listener can just nod or say uh-huh to show that he or she is listening and agrees.
The speaker is checking information he believes is correct. He expects the listener to answer (and agree).
Tag questions can be used to get information. This type of tag question is more like a yes/no question. Like a yes/no question, the voice rises at the end, and you usually get an answer.
This isn’t dangerous,is it?
That’s what they told us in the skydiving class.
The speaker wants to confirm his information because he is not sure it is correct.
Well, sometimes there are sharks.
This parachute will open before we land,won’t it?
Answer negative yes/no questions and tag questions the same way you answer affirmative yes/no questions.
The answer is no, if the information is not correct.
There’s a hospital nearby, isn’t there?
No, it doesn’t.
Yes, there is.
The answer is yes, if the information is correct.
Doesn’t your parachute work?
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