Question Tags in English


Question Tags in English

Question tags are short questions placed at the end of a sentence and they’re used when asking for agreement or confirmation. We mostly use question tags in spoken English.

Regular Question = Did you do your homework yesterday?
Question Tag = You did your homework yesterday, didn’t you?

Rule: We don’t use question tags at the end of a question.

Wrong = Did you do your homework yesterday, didn’t you?

Question tags are made using an auxiliary verb and a subject pronoun.

Example: You will be here in ten minutes, won’t you?

If the main clause is positive, the question tag is negative, and if the main clause is negative, the question tag is positive.

  • She is a nurse, isn’t she? = Positive Statement, Negative Question Tag
  • She is not a nurse, is she? = Negative Statement, Positive Question Tag

Examples of Question Tags

  • His father is a dentist, isn’t he?
  • She likes playing tennis, doesn’t she?
  • He has got a nice car, hasn’t he?
  • Sophia didn’t go to school yesterday, did she?
  • You haven’t had breakfast yet, have you?
  • You had been to London before, hadn’t you?
  • She will come back tomorrow, won’t she?
  • John can make his own decision, can’t he?
  • They couldn’t come to the party, could they?
  • I should see a doctor, shouldn’t I?
  • You must call him, mustn’t you?
  • She wouldn’t meet with Daniel, would she?


If the statement has a negative meaning, a positive question tag is used. For example;

  • He never plays computer games, does he?
  • Nobody knows the truth, do they?

There is no contracted form of “am not” so we use “aren’t” in question tag.

  • I’m invited to the party, am not I? = incorrect
  • I’m invited to the party, aren’t I?   = correct

Let’s go to the gym, shall we?
Don’t stay up late tonight, will you?


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