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Question tags – advance uses




The question tag for I am is 'aren't I'

I am here, aren't I ?


After a negative word, a positive question tag follows

You never go to the gym, do you?

It's no good asking him for favours, is it ?

Nobody came to the exhibition, did they ?

They'll never find out, will they ?


Requests (negative statements + qt) to ask for help or information

You couldn't lend me £5, could you ?

You wouldn't know the time, would you ?

She couldn't come home later, could she ?

You haven't seen my coat, have you ?


After 'Let's' we use 'shall we'

Let's go to the cinema tonight, shall we ?
Let's have a party, shall we ?


Imperatives

Using 'won't you' is a polite way to ask others to do things (esp. in British English)

Close the door, won't you ?

Pass me a teapot, won't you ?


Using 'will you', 'can you', 'would you' is to tell or ask people to do things

Shut up, will you ?

Pass me a glass, can you ?

Call me soon, would you ?


Using 'can't' show impatience

Stop droning on about it, can't you ?

Get on with your jobs, can't you ?

Do what you're told, can't you ?


After a negative imperative, we use 'will you'

Don't call me before 10am, will you ?

Never mention my ex-wife again, will you ?

Don't throw your clothes on the floor, will you ?


'There' can be a subject in question tags

There were many people in the shops on Saturday, weren't there ?

There isn't a problem with your annual leave, is there ?

There are a few barbers in the city centre, aren't there ?

There was a glitch in the software, wasn't there ?


Using 'it' after nothing and everything

Nothing seems to be going right today, does it ?

Everything is in perfect order, isn't it ?


Using 'they' after nobody, somebody and everybody

Nobody was interested in his pompous speech, were they ?

Somebody asked him to shut up, didn't they ?

Everybody was relieved when he left the stage, weren't they ?


Same-way question tags

We use these with positive statements to show our interest, surprise, concern etc.

We also use these to confirm that our information is correct.

Examples:

She thinks it's OK not to respect her teachers, is she ?    (= a matter for concern)

He thinks he's a very funny guy, is he ?   (=but he is not)

You're getting married next month, are you ?    (=showing surprise after hearing the news)

He bought a new car last week, did he ?    (=I think he did)

You are going to Prague for a long weekend, are you(=because I heard you talking about booking a ticket soon)

 

Structure 'I'll....., shall I?' is used to make offers

I'll call you tomorrow, shall I ?

I'll get you your drink, shall I ?

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