Questions tagged [tag-questions]

A tag question is a question converted from a statement by an appended interrogative. It comes in the format of _statement + tag_. Example: "You love me, don't you?" If your question is about a sentence similar to this example, use this tag. (Note: If you have a question, but it's about something else, do not use this tag.)

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Proper tag question for "has to" and "have to"

What's the tag question for has to and have to? For example, Tom and Clarissa have to buy some groceries, ...?
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Why is the question tag for this sentence in Cambridge Dictionary shown like this? --- He gave up his job, did he?

The following sentences are from Cambridge Dictionary along with the explanation: In questions in informal conversation, we can leave out a subject pronoun, or a subject pronoun and an accompanying ...
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The way I phrase questions seems to confuse native English speakers

I am an Indian, so the English I speak is more closer to British English than American English. And this particular way I phrase questions seems to confuse Americans more than Britishers from what I ...
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Why is the tag question positive in this dialogue from Downton Abbey? "Then we must be ready by tomorrow, must we?"

In this clip (2:28) of Downton Abbey you can hear Sybil saying: Then we must be ready by tomorrow, must we? Now, if she's using a tag question, why isn't she forming the negative? Maybe I'm ...
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I have a question about question tags

Which sentence has correct question tag, and why? There's little chance for me to win the game, isn't there? There's little chance for me to win the game, is there?
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Tag question of ought to

I would like to know the tag question of "ought to" is oughtn't to or shouldn't ? For example, He ought to have made a note of it, ________? For this sentence, the tag will be "oughtn't ...
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You have no idea what you are talking about. Aren't you? or Don't you?

You have no idea what you are talking about. What is 'what' in the above sentence? Isn't it a relative pronoun? What question tag should we use in these type of sentences? Aren't you? or Don't/Do you? ...
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Is "should" or "shouldn't" appropriate in this sentence?

The concept is that whatever is being asked, is negated when expressing uncertainty or confirmation from the recipient. You do know what's up, don't you? They won't show up, will they? But what if ...
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Aren't I or am I not

The question tag for I am is aren't I? In interrogative sentences with I am, should it be aren't I or am I not? For example, which of the two is correct? Am I not your friend? Aren't I your friend?
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You should and must participate in the game,[shouldn't or mustn't]you?

You should and must participate in the game. [Shouldn't you] or [mustn't you]? This question's tag is perplexing and baffling to me.
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Open the window, would you? [duplicate]

Open the window, would you? Why isn't it 'wouldn't you'? The first part (open the window) is neither positive nor negative, an imperative, however, the question tag is negative in the following ...
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Making requests

As far as I know, there are 4 main ways of making requests which include modal verbs: Can you do it? Could you do it? Will you do it? Would you do it? Therefore, the following requests should be ...
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Which question tag is correct: “do / don't / have / haven't they?”

"The children hardly have problems waking up early for school, _______?" do they don't they have they haven't they I am not sure which is the right tag question, also called Question tag ...
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what do authors of negative questions think?

I would like to know how native English speakers regard the opinion of authors of negative questions. For this reason I added the sentence "You're right." to each of the following examples (...
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Carry the luggage for me, _________? A. Will you B. Won't you [duplicate]

According to the answer sheet, B is the answer. Does that make A incorrect? What difference do these 2 make in the meaning? Plus, is B more polite? It seems kind of frustrated to me.
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Question Tags- I Am [duplicate]

I am confused about the correct question tag for "I am ..." Is it "Am I not" or "Aren't I"?
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Should I use "did you" or "didn't you" in the following?

You decided that she wasn't the right person for you, did you/didn't you? Should it be did you or didn't you here? And why?
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Why here the tag question doesn't match the rules?

I saw this example in Long Man dictionary: ‘And he’ll believe you, will he?’ Maria taunted. Why here the rule of tag question is not cared for? Shouldn't it be: He won't believe you, will he? Or ...
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Tag Question on No One Was

Is No one was asked to play, were they? correct or should it be something different?
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"Can't you?" or "won't you?" at the end of a conditional sentence

Can you tell me which one is correct? A) If you try using true watercolors, you will find that you have to be very careful because you cannot cover up your mistakes, can't you? B) If you try using ...
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Is the sentence "You think you're so smart, aren't you?" grammatically correct?

I work at a school, and the other day I heard one of the teachers reprimand their student by sarcastically saying, "You think you're so smart, aren't you?". I thought this was slightly odd - ...
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Question Tag for cleft sentence

It is you who did this, ______? What should be the correct question tag? a) isn't it b) didn't you I know it's a silly question. I need your opinion because a person is insisting that it is "didn'...
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same-way tag questions and broadly negative elements

Some books say there are two types of tag questions: the ordinary type and the same-way type. The ordinary type is used to make an assumption or guess and seek confirmation from the hearer. The form ...
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'without' in tag question!

I'm having a difficult time dealing with the word 'without' in the sentence below: He passed the exam without your help, ... he? Please help me clarify which will be the best fit in this context - '...
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He had done nothing about supper,___? hadn't he or didn't he

He had done nothing about supper,___? Should it finish with hadn't he or didn't he? Which one is correct?
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was trying to borrow some money from you, wasn’t he?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences, if both are said with a rising intonation at the end? a. John was trying to borrow some money from you, wasn’t he? b. John wasn't ...
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Aren’t I? vs. Am I not?

I am a good man, aren’t I? I am a good man, am I not? The first sentence is often used. According to grammar books, the second sentence is also correct, but it is rarely used. Can native speakers ...
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Can we use shan't we as a question tag of "let them"?

As it's written in the title, I want to ask if my sentence sounds correct. Let them wreak havoc again, shan't we? If I read that sentence, that doesn't sound like an imperative sentence, I believe. ...
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"Everyone is here, isn't he?" - Does this make grammatical sense?

Everyone is here, isn't he? I read this on my English grammar textbook and it puzzled me for years. In the book it claimed that this is a correct usage other than "aren't they?". I wonder ...
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Is "huh" a question tag? Is it a universal tag?

According to Oxford dictionary, huh is an exclamation. One of the definitions said: people use Huh? at the end of questions, suggestions, etc., especially when they want somebody to agree with ...
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Subject pronoun of 'everyone' in tag question

The word everyone is a singular indefinite pronoun. But while tagging, why its subject pronoun is they which is plural? e.g. Everyone wants to live, don't they? Here, in the statement, the subject '...
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"Everybody likes flowers, {don't they/doesn't he or she}? [closed]

Which is the correct answer? Everybody likes flowers, don't they? Everybody likes flowers, doesn't he or she? Please explain.
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Should a positive Orr negative tag question be used with the phrase “only a few"?

I'd like to know whether a positive or negative tag should be used in a sentence with "only a few": There were only a few tourists there, were / weren't there? Note that I'm talking about ...
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Which pronoun should be used for the country Germany in a tag question?

What will be the tag question of the following sentence? Germany is a beautiful country, isn't {she/he}? Shouldn't we use the pronoun "she" as country is always considered as motherland? ...
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Question tags for the modal need

What question tag should be used with the modal NEED? Nobody need hurry, need they? or Nobody need hurry, do they? or both are wrong?
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didn't I or hadn't I?

I had to try, didn't I? or I had to try, hadn't I? Which one is correct? If both sound awkward, could you please tell me the correct answer? Thank you in advance!
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tag questions after used to+linking verb

Which one of these two tag questions is appropriate here? and why? They used to be very cheerful people, weren't they? or They used to be very cheerful people, didn't they?
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Correct place for a comma in the question: 'How can you determine where the first one is and where the second is?'

A student asked me if it is correct to put a comma here in this question: How can you determine, where the first one is and where the second is? My instinct is that this is grammatically incorrect, ...
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Hasn't He vs Didn't He?

I am teaching a student English and the below question was in his test paper. I intuitively feel that both options one and two are not incorrect, but his answer key states that option one is the ...
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tag question for sentences including subject "I" and that clause

Fred claims that mother never let us leave the house without permission when we were kids, …? a)did she b)weren't we c)didn't she d)doesn't she Which on is the answer? What would be the answer ...
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Are these tag-like questions (, you think? / , do you think?) acceptable?

Is it grammatically correct to write the question, "Is the chef Italian?" as The chef is Italian, you think? or The chef is Italian, do you think? I've come across this kind of ...
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Somebody is knocking at the door, aren't they?

Though the use of plural pronoun is grammatical for the indefinite pronouns such as somebody, someone, anyone etc., it sounds meaningless to me. For example, somebody is knocking at the door. I know ...
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Tag question with "Not only . . . but also"

In case of "Not only . . . but also", the verb agrees with the second subject : Not only he but also I am intelligent. Can we use a tag question with this sentence? Not only he but also I am ...
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Question tags in sentences with "let"

Let them stay here What is the correct question tag for this 1) will they? 2) will you? My grammar book is suggesting first question tag, but I think second is correct. Please, help me with ...
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Question tag for a sentence

What will be the question tags for the following two sentences I have a correct answer. She had another answer. According to me it should be Don't I? Didn't she? Respectively
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"question tag after causative verb in the clause"

She had some repairs done, had she not? I think that the question tag has been written in the sentence correctly since verb " have " is not used as an auxiliary. But I still believe it's ...
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Question Tag - English Grammar

Hindus practise idolatry, Options- a)- don't they? b)- haven't they? I think the answer is "don't they" but, according to the question the answer is "haven't they" Why??? Please someone explain ...
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Imperative sentence and the following tag question

If the main sentence is an imperative sentence, such as, "Do it at once," Grammatically speaking, should the tag question that follows the imperative sentence be "will you?" or "won't you?" not "...
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Word order question with question tag: broke/bottles/did't they/those

1) broke/bottles/did't they/those I need to order the words to make questions with question tags Please, help me to make a correct question with question tag. I didn't find an answer. And it means I ...
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Which one is correct gramatically? [closed]

It had to be me didn't it / hadn't it ? Which one's correct and why ?
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