Question Tags Rules & Examples

Question Tags – Rules and Examples:

In this lesson, we are going to discuss Question Tags Rules with Examples. These 10 rules along with examples will help you understand the question tags. 

01. Question Tags will be ‘negative’ for positive sentences.
☞ Swathi is writing, isn’t she?

02. Question Tags will be ‘positive’ for negative sentences.
☞ Ram is not going, is he?

03. If the ‘verb’ is singular in the main statement, the verb in the question tag must also be singular.
☞ Gita plays well, doesn’t she?

04. If the ‘verb’ is plural in the main statement, the verb in the question tag must also be plural.
☞ They are poor, aren’t they?

05. The question tag must match the tense of the main statement.
☞ They didn’t write the exam, did they? (Past Tense)
☞ He sings well, doesn’t he? (Present Tense)
☞ Sam will attend the conference, won’t he? (Future Tense)

06. Quasi negatives like ‘hardly’, ‘rarely’, ‘scarcely’, and ‘seldom’ are followed by positive question tags.
☞ She rarely watch movies, does she?

07. Subjects like ‘everybody’, ‘everyone’, ‘nobody’ convey a plural idea. So we must use ‘they’ as subject in question tag.
☞ Everybody attended the party, didn’t they?

08. Imperatives beginning with ‘let me’ are followed by question tags ‘won’t you?’ or ‘will you?’. ‘Won’t you?’ express compliance and  ‘will you?’ express polite request.
☞ Let me read the article, won’t you? (expressing compliance)
☞ Let me read the article, will you? (polite request)

09. Imperatives beginning with ‘just’ are followed by the positive question tag ‘will you?’, especially when they express a polite request.
☞ Just wait outside, will you?

10. Imperatives beginning with ‘let us’ are followed by a positive question tag ‘shall we?’, especially when they express suggestion.
☞ Let us have dinner, shall we?

Question Tags Exercises

Question Tags Exercises | Question Tags Exercises with Answers:

Add appropriate Question Tags to complete the following Exercises on Question Tags/ Worksheet on Question Tags.

01. Raju will come, _______

02. Cars pollute the environment, _______

03. You can sing sweetly, _______

04. Raju was not at home, _______

05. Rani loves dance, _______

06. Close the door, _______

07. He speaks English very well, _______

08. Everyone was very intelligent, _______

09. You haven’t bought a new mobile, _______

10. I am a student, _______

11. She broke her leg, _______

12. They won’t lie, _______

13. You don’t know the answer, _______

14. Let’s discuss the problem, _______

15. Shruthi is not there, _______

Answers:

01. Raju will come, won’t he?

02. Cars pollute the environment, don’t they?

03. You can sing sweetly, can’t you?

04. Raju was not at home, was he?

05. Rani loves dance, doesn’t she?

06. Close the door, won’t you? 

07. He speaks English very well, doesn’t he?

08. Everyone was very intelligent, weren’t they? 

09. You haven’t bought a new mobile, have you?

10. I am a student, aren’t I? 

11. She broke her leg, didn’t she?

12. They won’t lie, will they?

13. You don’t know the answer, do you? 

14. Let’s discuss the problem, shall we?

15. Shruthi is not a student, is she?


Question tags worksheets

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