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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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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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Tag question with I

There is a sentence I am a genius, what should be the question tag? 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 arent? I do not ...
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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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A little question about tag questions

Yesterday, when I talked with my friends in English, I found a slightly odd sentence in the conversation. Me: What is your idea about what restaurant we should go for dinner in this shopping street?...
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A tag question and noun clauses

Here's a question from a test to which I think there are two answers. 1) People from other countries think British are cold and unfriendly, ....? a) are they b) aren't they c) do they d) ...
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Tag questions with copular verbs

You look very tired,......? What's the correct tag question here, aren't you?, or don't you? When we say 'someone looks tired', it means either 'they appear to be tired', or 'they are tired'. In the ...
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Question tags negative or positive

How can we ask a question tag for the following questions? Negative or positive? The boys problems are physical not mental,...? They were warned not to climb the mountain in such bad weather, ......
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Is it true to make a question from the part ”its been

It's been a long time you have not seen each other What's the tag question for this sentence?
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THERE IS something you want to say, ISN'T THERE/RIGHT? (Question tag)

Regarding forming question tags, grammar books teach us: There is something you want to say, isn't there? (this is the ideal) Vs. There is something you want to say, right? Can it ...
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What is the full form of 'won't you?' [duplicate]

In an example sentence like: 'Sit down, won't you?' What is the full form of that sentence without contraction? Is it 'Sit down, will you not?' cause we can't say 'Sit down, will not you?'
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How do I form question tags for these examples?

It's been a long time since you've seen him, HASN'T IT? This is how I would form the question tag BUT I was told the correct form is "ISN'T IT?" and I really can't figure out why. I need to ...
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How to answer single-word tag question?

For example, tag questions with “correct” and “right”: You have 3 brothers, correct? You know it, right? Here are my possible answers: Yes, I do. Yes, it is (correct). And here’s another ...
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Question tag: I like the color on me, don't you?

Customer:I'll take this green sweater, I like the color on me, don't you? Shop assistant:I think it looks terrific on you. From what I have been taught, I would say "I like the color on me, don'...
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How can we tell what the speaker wants to confirm in “Everyone thinks the show was great, {don't they/wasn't it}?”

I came across this question in my exercise book: Everyone thinks the show was great, _______? (A) don't they (B) wasn't it I think the answer depends on what the speaker wants to confirm. We can't ...
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Question tag: Either you or he is mistaken, ____?

What is the appropriate tag to add to the end of the following statement? Either you or he is mistaken, ______ ? As is evident from the is, there are grounds for saying that the so-called proximity ...
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Question about question tag (nobody /everybody)

When you say "there is nobody in the garden" is the answer would be (are they? ) I just have read before that in ques. Tag we use (they) when the question include (everybody/nobody..etc
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Can you put any word or phrase after a question tag?

I recently tried to correct something someone wrote which said: ...it would be a pity, wouldn't it, for example. Is that actually grammatical? I learned to put anything after a question tag. I don'...
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Confuse about questions structure

I came across a sentence bellow At what time does the next plane to London leave? And I couldn't distinguish the difference from this statement At what time does the next plane leave to London?...
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How to ask about a duration of a flight

if you have this answer to a question: The flight from America To United Kingdom is 5 hours. How would you ask about the duration? 1- How long is the flight from America to UK? Or 2- How ...
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Choosing the right verb in a tag question: oughtn’t vs. shouldn’t vs. mustn’t

Which choice should be used here, and why? You ought to do your homework, oughtn’t/shouldn’t/mustn’t you? My book says mustn’t, but that’s not the same verb in the tag question as in the sentence ...
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About, tag questions, “She likes nobody, does she?” or “She likes nobody, doesn't she?”

This site says Statements using "Nobody, none, nothing..." are treated as negative sentences. Ex: Nobody likes her, do they? That is when "nobody" is the subject. What bout when "nobody" is the ...
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Can you explain how to respond to this type of question and what is the grammatical name for such a question?

You didn't go to the shops, did you? Can you explain how to respond to this type of question and what is the grammatical name for such a question?
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As much as Varga tried to hide it, neither did he

Now consider the final scene of the Fargo season finale, in which Department of Homeland Security Agent Gloria Burgle sits in front of V.M. Varga. Several years have passed since the two last crossed ...
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A short answer\reply to the negative exclamations with\without tags

An example from Michael Swan's Practical English Usage: She's growing up to be a lovely person. ~ Yes, isn't she! Would it be fine to reply to this with "Yes, she is"? I suppose it would. What's ...
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What is the right pattern of the answers for the questions of the specific kind?

Recently, I was asked at the forum by one of the participants: "A.D., you are not Swedish?" I answered "Yes, I'm not." But now I think I should have answered "No, I'm not." Which is right? ...
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Tag question: Two hours should be enough time, ________?

The complete sentence is: Two hours should be enough time for passengers to travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung by high speed rail, isn't it? Is it grammatically correct to use "isn't it" in the above ...
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Question tag for “There will be.”

What is the question tag for the two sentences below? There would be. There will be. I got confused by the modal verbs and the exception of "there is/are". A) There would be, wouldn't it?...
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It's not/ It isn't tag questions

This is a two-part question: 1) I have consulted multiple sources and found that 'it isn't' and 'it's not' have little to no semantic difference. If they are pretty much equivalent then for what ...
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“are they” vs “aren't they” with negative statements in questions

They never agree with us, are they? Is this a mistake to use "are they?" instead of "aren't they?" in this sentence?
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How to form tag questions with may/might?

How to form tag questions with may/might? Polar bears may / might die of starvation, may / might not they? or Polar bears may / might die of starvation, may / might they not?
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A suitable tag question

What is the most suitable tag question used after the following sentence? Everybody forgot to congratulate her, ...........? By ...
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Question Tag Doubt

Which of the two following examples has the correct question tag? a) They say she speaks Russian, don't they? or, b) They say she speaks Russian, doesn't she?
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“daisy sounded like she had a cold, didn't she?”

'daisy sounded like she had a cold, didn't she?' is that mean 1) didn't she (sound like she had a cold)? or 2) didn't she (have a cold)? what's correct?
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Suitable Question tag for “there comes”

There comes the teacher,_________________? what could be the appropriate question tag for the given sentence? doesn't he/she? or doesn't there?
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“had gone” vs “was gone” vs “did go” vs “was going”

I have have a hard time to understand the differences. Would you please explain the differences? Question: You went to Chile, didn't you? Answer: No, but I had gone to Peru, which is right next ...
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Disjunctive question on the word “dislike”

You dislike math, do you? You dislike math, don't you? So confusing. Which one is right?
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We ain't lost, <tag question verb> we?

All, Other than ", are we", what are the other possible tag question verb forms below? We ain't lost, [tag question verb] We? What if the sentence was: We ain't seen anything like this before, ...