Question tag - Free english lesson
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The questions tags allow us to confirm a sentence, to ask for an opinion. We can translate the questions tags by « n'est ce pas ? », « hein ? » or « pas vrai ? ».

Affirmative sentence
If the sentence is affirmative, we retake the auxiliary in the negative form, adding a subject pronoun.
He is watching TV, isn't he?

When the previous sentence has neither auxiliary, nor modal, we use « do » or « did » in order to form the question tag.
I told you they would lose, didn't I?

Negative sentence
If the sentence is negative, we retake the auxiliary in the affirmative form, adding a subject pronoun.
He isn't ready, is he?

When the previous sentence has neither auxiliary, nor modal, we use « do » or « did » in order to form the question tag.
You don't like running, do you?

Particular cases
When an affirmative sentence has either a pronoun or an adverb with negative meaning (such as « never », « none », « no one », « nothing »,…) we apply the same rules as for a negative sentence. He never ate peas, did he?

When we use an indefinite pronoun in a sentence (everybody, anyone, everyone, anybody, everything,....), the subject of the question tag is always « they ».
Everybody is talking outside. Aren't they?

As for the imperative sentences, we use « will » or « won't » in order to form the question tag.
In this precise case, the affirmative or the negative turning of the sentence is of no importance.
Don't lose your meal, will you ?
Mind the step, will you?


As for the sentences containing « let's », we use « shall » in order to form the question tag.
Let's go to the cinema, shall we?

When we want to express surprise, we use an affirmative question tag for an affirmative sentence.
He's got his degree. Has he?
He built his house by himself. Did he?



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