Tag-Questions or Question Tags. Statement Sentences with short questions at the end with a question mark!. Tag-Questions. A ‘tag-question’ or ‘question tag’ is not a true question.
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A tag question is used at the end of a Statement Sentence to get the confirmation from the listener, or just to express one’s doubt.
A question sentence, on the contrary, is used to get the answer.
-Tag-question – Positive
These are not your books, are they?
- Tag-question -- Negative
A positive tag-question sentence!
subject of the ‘tag’ part is always a corresponding PERSONAL PRONOUN. e.g.
Mary isn’t your sister, is she?
‘John’ – proper noun – male – singular
pronoun – male – singular – subjective case
‘Ted and Jerry’ – Proper nouns – male – plural
Personal Pronoun – male -- plural
“is” – main verb – Simple Present Tense –POSITIVE
– Simple present tense – NEGATIVE
‘hasn’t’ – Present perfect – NEGATIVE
Present perfect -- POSITIVE
‘goes’ – Simple present – POSITIVE
‘does not go’ – Simple present – NEGATIVE
The negative form of the verb in the ‘tag’ part is always contracted:
does not = doesn’t; has not = hasn’t; will not = won’t
‘did not go’ – Simple past – NEGATIVE
‘go’ – Simple past – Positive; however, in ‘tag’ part, the auxiliary (helping) verb alone is used:
A woman fainted, didn’t she?
Subject first; verb next
Verb first; subject next