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.
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