Question tag rules and examples

Question tag rules and examples in English grammar. We learn question tag in Kannada with examples. Tag questions in English.

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Question tag rules and examples

 Tag question rules and examples in English grammar

What is question tag?

Question tags are short questions that are asked at the end of a sentence.

The question tags turn a statement into a question.

They are frequently used to verify information that we believe to be correct.

Tag questions are made using an auxiliary verb and a subject pronoun.

Rule: 1 The tense of the statement and the question tag must match.


Shrujan is reading English newspaper, isn’t he?

She has written a leave letter, hasn’t she?

Rule: 2 If the statement is positive, the question tag must be negative, and the opposite is the case.


He will not do his homework, will he?

Shreya will surely do her homework, won’t she?

Rule: 3 Use the contracted version of “helping verb” and “not” for negative question tags. e.g. didn’t, hadn’t, won’t etc.


Umesh was eating his lunch, wasn’t he?

Your parents have retired, haven’t they?

Rule: 4 Pronouns must always be used in question tags.


Hina and Pratik are playing, aren’t they?

Netra had gone to attend conference, hadn’t she?

Vinod was waiting for his friends, wasn’t he?

Rule: 5 If the sentence starts with let us/ let’s, we use “shall we” in the question.


Let us go to the party tonight, shall we?

Let’s meet at the mobile shop, shall we?

Let’s go to the cinema tonight, shall we?

Rule: 6 There is no contracted form of “am not”. We use aren’t in the question tag.


I am an honest man, aren’t I?

I am right, aren’t I?

I’m not late, am I? I am on time aren’t I?

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Rule: 7 Some words are negative in meaning. e.g., hardly, seldom, scarcely, rarely, barely etc. They will therefore use the affirmative (POSITIVE) question tag.


She hardly earned anything for days, does she?

He found barely anything to do, did he?

He is seldom angry, is he?

Rule: 8 In some cases, the sentence is lacking an auxiliary verb. The verb given in the sentence could be either in present simple or past simple (and is positive). We use don’t, doesn’t or didn’t.


Jenni eats cheese, doesn’t she?

I said that already, didn’t I?

I don’t need to finish this today, do I?

The phone didn’t ring, did it?


Fill in the blank with suitable question tag.

1. Jack is from Spain, ___________

2. Mary can speak English, __________

3. You play the guitar, _________

4. Alison likes tennis, _________

5. He hardly ever speaks, _________

6. They rarely eat in restaurants, __________

7. I am attractive, ___________

8. Let’s go to the beach, _________


1. isn’t he?

2. can’t she?

3. don’t you?

4. doesn’t she?

5. does he?

6. do they?

7. aren’t I?

8. shall we?

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