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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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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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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Negative tag-questions

I have a question regarding the question-tag. I hear that the negative question-tag can be made out of the following construction: helping verb + subject + not? I have a meeting every day, don't I/...
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Is it mandatory to use contractions in tag questions and the like?

Example 1: The weather is hot, isn't it? vs.: The weather is hot, is it not? Example 2: Aren't you going to study tonight? vs.: Are you not going to study tonight? Apart from ...
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Question tags with should [duplicate]

What question tag should go with the following sentence: That should be easy. Will it be shouldn't that or shouldn't it or something else, and why?
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Writing the right tag question

I want to write a tag question at the end of this sentence: That white house over there used to belong to your family, ..............? I think the only right choice is "didn't it" but I'm not sure....
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There will not be after school class tomorrow, will be?

There will not be after school class tomorrow, will be ? Is this question grammatically correct ?
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"do they" or "don't they"? [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct with regard to "do they"/"don't they"? It just seems that C++ developers usually don't follow this rule in case of pointers, do they? It just seems that C++ ...
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Plenty of similarities isn’t it.? Or Plenty of similarities aren't it? Which expression is correct

Plenty of similarities isn’t it.? Or Plenty of similarities aren't it? Which expression is correct when we are comparing & referring to some 20 or more pictures?
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We haven't done this in a while, haven't we?

We haven't done this in a while, haven't we? I am aware that this is a double negative, and technically it should be "have we?" at the end of the sentence. However, is the question grammatically ...
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Can a question begin with "to"? [closed]

To whom should we complain about a robbery in the neighborhood? Is it right?
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"Those books belong to him, don't they / aren't they?" – tag questions for state verbs

In the question, 'Those books belong to Rohan's brother, (question tag)?' Can we use 'aren't they' in this instead of 'don't they' as 'belong' here is not an action verb that's why I think that we ...
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What's the correct positive answer for "Isn't it?"?

When one tells me a sentence and then asks me "isn't it?" and I want to answer that I agree with him. Then what's the correct answer? Yes, it is. or No, it is. Because if I say "yes" ...
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She knows you, does she not

Can we make long tag question forms like: She knows you, does she not? And if we make the short one, does it mean we ask the tag question informally? She is here. = formal She's here. = ...
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Making 4 types of question [closed]

What the right way to make 4 types of question with "has" in the sentence? My take on this, though it's really wrong I'm pretty sure: She has to get up early. Has she to get up early? Has she to ...
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I am a genius, am/aren't I?

There is a sentence "I am a genius", what should the tag question be? I am a genius, am I? Or I am a genius, aren't I? I've surfed the Internet and it says "aren't I", but why ...
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Is there any synonym to "ha"?

"ha" can be used in a sarcastic way like this: A: When did the first war happen? B: In 1950. A: Wrong. It happened in 1914. B: I know that. A: That's why you answered it ...
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