Question Tags & Answers

A Question tag is a small question at the end of a sentence. There are two types of question tags:

Positive Question Tags

Negative Question Tags

Usage: The rules that need to be followed while using question tags are as follows:

a) A positive statement is followed by a negative question tag. Examples:

Kevin is from Italy, isn't he?

David can speak Spanish, can't he?

b) A negative statement is followed by a positive question tag. They aren't funny, are they?

He shouldn't say things like that, should he?

c) The subject of question tag is always a pronoun.

d) The verb and pronoun in the sentence and in the question tag.

e) Should be the same and in same tense form.

f) The question tag is always preceded by a comma (,).

g) Only the contracted form is used in the question tag while forming negative question tags.

Short Answers: Short answers are used to express agreement or disagreement.

Short answers can be of two types:

1) Affirmative: Affirmative answers express agreement.

Usage: Yes + pronoun + auxiliary verb

2) Negative: Negative answers express disagreement.

Usage: No + pronoun + auxiliary verb

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