A POSITIVE STATEMENT, A NEGATIVE QUESTION TAG?
A POSITIVE STATEMENT
A NEGATIVE QUESTION TAG
You are (a doctor)
She is (a doctor)
They were (doctors)
She was (a doctor)
You run (very fast)
He runs (very fast)
They ran (very fast)
You have (finished the homework)
She has (finished the homework)
They had (finished the homework)
He can (swim well)
She could (swim well)
They will (come early)
They would (come early)
They must (come early)
They should (come early)
A NEGATIVE STATEMENT, A POSITIVE QUESTION TAG?
A NEGATIVE STATEMENT
A POSITIVE QUESTION TAG
You aren’t (a doctor)
She isn’t (a doctor)
They weren’t (doctors)
She wasn’t (a doctor)
You don’t run (very fast)
He doesn’t run (very fast)
They didn’t run (very fast)
You haven’t (finished the homework)
She hasn’t (finished the homework)
They hadn’t (finished the homework)
He can’t (swim well)
She couldn’t (swim well)
They won’t (come early)
They wouldn’t (come early)
They mustn’t (come early)
They shouldn’t (come early)
Pay attention to the following question tags. They don’t follow any rules.
I am …
I am too loud, aren’t I?
Let’s go to the beach, shall we?
Statements without subjects
- Open the door.
- Don’t come any closer.
- Open the door, will you?
- Listen, will you?
- Don’t come any closer, will you?
Positive statements with negative senses
- She can hardly understand what I have experienced.
- Nobody remembered to turn off the light.
Positive question tags
- She can hardly understand what I have experienced, can she?
- George could hardly speak any English words, could he?
- Nobody remembered to turn off the light, did they?
Depending on the speaker’s purposes, intonations for question tags are different.
He should review the whole lessons, shouldn’t he?
falling, voice goes down
rising, voice goes up
You’re sure about the information. You want to confirm.
You’re not sure about the information. You want to check.
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