English grammar – Tag questions

Form

auxiliary verb + subject

  1. We use the same auxiliary verb in the tag as in the main sentence. If there is no auxiliary verb in the main sentence, we use do in the tag.
    • You live in Spain, don’t you?
  2. If the auxiliary verb in the sentence is affirmative, the tag is negative.
    • You’re Spanish, aren’t you?
  3. If the auxiliary verb in the sentence is negative, the tag is affirmative.
    • You’re not Spanish, are you?

Meaning

  1. We use tag questions to confirm or check information or ask for agreement.
    • You want to come with me, don’t you?
    • You can swim, can’t you?
    • You don’t know where the boss is, do you?
    • This meal is horrible, isn’t it?
    • That film was fantastic, wasn’t it?
  2. We use tag questions to check whether something is true.
    • The meeting’s tomorrow at 9am, isn’t it?
    • You won’t go without me, will you?

Additional points

  1. In the present form of be: In an affirmative statement, if the subject is “I”, the auxiliary changes to aren’t in the tag.
    • I’m sitting next to you, aren’t I?
    • I’m a little red, aren’t I?
  2. With let’s, the tag is shall we?
    • Let’s go to the beach, shall we?
    • Let’s have a coffee, shall we?
  3. With an imperative, the tag is will you?
    • Close the window, will you?
    • Hold this, will you?
  4. We use an affirmative tag after a sentence containing a negative word such as never, hardly, nobody.
    • Nobody lives in this house, do they?
    • You’ve never liked me, have you?
  5. When the subject is nothing, we use “it” in the tag.
    • Nothing bad happened, did it?
    • Nothing ever happens, does it?
  6. If the subject is nobody, somebody, everybody, no one, someone or everyone, we use “they” in the tag.
    • Nobody asked for me, did they?
    • Nobody lives here, do they?
  7. If the main verb in the sentence is have (not an auxiliary verb), it is more common to use do in the tag.
    • You have a Ferrari, don’t you?
    • She had a great time, didn’t she?
  8. With used to, we use “didn’t” in the tag.
    • You used to work here, didn’t you?
    • He used to have long hair, didn’t he?
  9. We can use affirmative tags after affirmative sentences to express a reaction such as surprise or interest.
    • You’re moving to Brazil, are you?

Pronunciation

  1. If we don’t know the answer, it is a real question and we use a rising intonation with the tag.
    • You don’t know where the boss is, do you? ↗
  2. If we know the answer and are just confirming the information a falling intonation is used with the tag.
    • That film was fantastic, wasn’t it? ↘

Related grammar points

Questions

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383 teaching ideas and comments

  1. Cin says:

    After I introduce the topic, we usually play bingo with tag endings. I give students cards like the bingo ones with different tag endings (for example …, did she? …, haven’t they?). Then I take a paper and read the sentence:

    “She went to the supermarket.”

    If they have a possible ending, they cross it out. The idea is to complete the card first. Students enjoy the game a lot! They have to pay attention to the tense and pronoun used.

  2. Indusehgal says:

    Put some sentences and question tags on cards. Stick the sentences on the wall and distribute the cards with question tags among the students. Ask them to move around and put the tag on the appropriate sentence.

  3. Lira Rodri­guez says:

    This is an exercise to test students’ ability to come up with quick answers, and it’s very simple. The main pupose is to speed up students’ minds and enabe them to use the structure as fast as they can.

    Make a list of sentences covering most structures and tenses (affirmative and negative in random order). You read out one of your sentences in the list and assign one of your students to come up with the proper tag. The student has only one chance to answer. If they are wrong, you go to the next student for the right tag. You should get the right tag before moving on.This exercise is fast and there are no explanations on why the answers they come up with are right or wrong. Students realize their mistakes through their classmates’ answers.

    They get a little stressed out because when their turn comes, they tend to panic trying to think of the right tag. This is good because it gets their minds used to responding quickly and directly in English and avoids over-thinking structures and translating from their native language.

  4. Ramzy Metwaly says:

    You forgot to tell us the difference between let’s…? and let us… in suggestions and requests
    e.g.
    1 – Let’s go to the zoo, shall we?
    2 – Let us go to the zoo, will you?

    However I think this is the best explanation for tag question on the internet, thanks.

    • ABUADAM says:

      how to ask in this below case :
      let him / me go ……………………………. ?
      in case of using the pronoun him and in case of using any other pronoun
      thanks

      • Eslbase says:

        Abuadam, these are imperatives, and in imperatives the subject is always “you”. So the question tags will be like this:

        Let him go, will you?
        Let me go, will you?

        Or…

        Let him go, won’t you?
        Let me go, won’t you?

        • emos says:

          Please help me with the tag question:
          It’s necessary to make a list of items when carrying out a meeting, …?

          • Aftab Uddin Chowdhury says:

            The answer is… “isn’t it?”

          • Jeeyang says:

            Isn’t it

        • Appreciation says:

          The dog’s worshipped at Tihar,
          Now add tag of it…

          • Eslbase says:

            The dog’s worshipped at Tihar, isn’t it?

            Or, if you prefer to use “he” or “she” to describe the dog, you can say:

            The dog’s worshipped at Tihar, isn’t he?
            The dog’s worshipped at Tihar, isn’t she?

        • David says:

          Hi there!!!! I have a question. So, we start tomorrow, aren’t we? Is it correct to say like this?

          • Eslbase says:

            “don’t we” is the correct tag for this sentence. Hope that helps!

        • Hetal says:

          What is the answer of ‘Kamal answered the letter .’Add question tag can you answer fast?

          • Hetal says:

            What is the answer of ‘Everything is lost’
            Please answer fast

          • Eslbase says:

            Everything is lost, isn’t it?

          • Eslbase says:

            Kamal answered the letter, didn’t he?

          • Sat says:

            Didn’t he?

    • Akm Masumul azam says:

      I have a question,
      What will be the Answer?
      1. One but all of the members worked for me, …?
      2. You surely plan to fail if you fail to plan, …?

      • Eslbase says:

        1. One but all of the members worked for me, didn’t they? (Do you mean “Not one but all…”?)
        2. You surely plan to fail if you fail to plan, don’t you?

        • Progga says:

          I along with my friend went there, …?
          What will be the tag?

          • Eslbase says:

            It depends if you want to talk about just yourself (your friend coming is just extra information):

            I, along with my friend, went there, didn’t I?

            …or if you are talking about you and your friend as a group of people together:

            I along with my friend went there, didn’t we?

  5. sontakke j d says:

    Imperative tag
    Stop here, will you?
    Stop here, won’t you?
    Both are possible.
    How’s that?

    • Eslbase says:

      Thanks for the question! What we’re talking about here is question tags with imperative sentences. These are a bit of a special case. We normally use “will you” or “would you” as the tag in imperative sentences, but “won’t you” is also possible.

      • Nepal says:

        Remember to lock up, …?
        What will be the question tag

        • Eslbase says:

          Remember to lock up, will you?
          OR
          Remember to lock up, won’t you?

          Both are correct.

      • Sumit says:

        Actually, the thing is if the imperative sentence is in an affirmative form , you can use both ‘will you’ or ‘won’t you’ . But the fact is when the imperative sentence is in a negative form, you only can use ‘will you?’ You can’t use ‘won’t you’ in that case. Example:
        Do not read the book, _______? Ans.’ will you? ‘ (can’t be ‘won’t you’)

  6. Yuliya says:

    If we have Little or few, the tag is negative? Iittle is done, isn’t it or little is done, is it?

    • Smith Thapa says:

      When there is a sentence that contains “little or “few” they denote a negative statement in case of questions tags so the tags of the question should be in positive. But where there is “a little ” or “a few” then the sentence denotes positive statement so we use a negative tag.

  7. Leena says:

    Is it correct to say: Nothing mentioned, did it?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Leena

      Did you mean to say:

      “Nothing was mentioned”?

      If so, then the correct question tag would be:

      “Nothing was mentioned, was it?”

      • Leena says:

        No,I didn’t mean to say that.
        I want to know what is the question tag for the sentence “Nothing mentioned”

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Leena

          The sentence “Nothing mentioned” doesn’t look like a complete sentence. Do you have an example of a conversation where we would find this sentence?

          • zia says:

            yes.
            it could be….
            nothing was mentioned.
            Nothing is mentioned.

      • Angelina says:

        “He has few friends, hasn’t he?” – is it correct?

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Angelina

          “He has few friends, doesn’t he” is correct.

          “Has” in your sentence is the main verb, so we need to use “do” as the auxiliary verb in the tag.

          Hope that helps.

          • mukesh says:

            few is a negative word, so I think, “does he?” is correct

      • raju malla says:

        They have to respect their parents, …?

        • Eslbase says:

          They have to respect their parents, don’t they?

          • Shankar says:

            Shouldn’t they? Is it correct?

          • Eslbase says:

            “They should respect their parents, shouldn’t they?”

          • Kristina says:

            Don’t tell my mother, will you?

            Is it correct?

          • Eslbase says:

            Yes, this is correct.

    • I-Q says:

      Yes it is correct because the word nothing is negative and when the reference of a word is not understood “it” is used as a reference.

  8. Paja Tapuih says:

    Hai…
    I still confuse about using “hardly ever” and “rarely”.
    A word with a negative meaning, the question tag needs to be positive, How many words like that?

    • I-Q says:

      They are as few as your fingers

  9. Darya says:

    Hello, I’d like to learn what tag question is correct: You have a brother, don’t you? or You have a brother, haven’t you?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Darya

      You have a brother, don’t you? is correct.

      Hope that helps.

    • umesh says:

      One tag is…
      I think , we are still friends.

      Aren’t we?
      Or
      Don’t you?

      Which one is correct

      • Hassan Youssef says:

        Aren’t we is correct

        • Eliana Fonseca says:

          Everyone can take time to do good things for others, …?

          • Eslbase says:

            Everyone can take time to do good things for others, can’t they?

    • I-Q says:

      In British English we use “have” as an auxiliary verb but in American we can use both auxiliary and main verb.So both can be correct.

  10. Ivan says:

    Hi!
    There won’t be 10 people, will they?
    Is it correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Ivan

      “There won’t be 10 people, will there?” is correct.

  11. NGENDAKUNANA EGIDE says:

    Help me this: Every person should respect the authorities, shouldn’t they? Is it correct or not?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Ngendakunana

      To see if this is correct, let’s think of a sentence starting with “Every person…”:

      “Every person has to sit down”.

      We can see from this sentence that the subject “Every person” takes the third person singular form of the verb (has). This means that the subject that we put in the question tag should be in the third person singular form too. So your sentence should read:

      “Every person should respect the authorities, shouldn’t he?”

      BUT…

      Not everyone is a “he” so it does’t seem right to say this. Also, not everyone is a “she” so we can’t use this either. In these circumstances, the common thing to do is to use “they”, exactly like you did.

      So your sentence is correct!

      • Ayla says:

        These are books, aren’t they or aren’t these?

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Ayla

          These are books, aren’t they?

  12. Rey D says:

    “No one will be coming, will they?”
    Is this grammatically correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Rey D

      This is similar to the comment above from Ngendakunana. if we start a sentence with the subject “No one” we can see that it takes the third person singular form of the verb:

      “No one has seen him”.

      So the subject in the question tag should also be in the third person singular form (“he” or “she”). But not everyone is a “he” and not everyone is a “she”, so the common thing to do is to use “they”.

      So your sentence is correct!

  13. Mohamed abderazek says:

    It’s too hot to drink, is it ? Is that correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Mohamed

      The correct sentence is: It’s too hot to drink, isn’t it?

  14. Irina says:

    Tell me please, it is correct to say:
    Everyone ought to respect the elders, shouldn’t they?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Irina

      “Ought to” and “should” have the same meaning so this is just okay, although it sounds a little strange because you are using a different modal verb in the question tag.

      You could say “Everyone ought to respect their elders, oughtn’t they?”

      …but “oughtn’t they” sounds a bit heavy. So it might be better to say “Everyone should respect their elders, shouldn’t they?”

  15. Yehia Osman says:

    Please could any one recommend me a perfect and absolute Grammar reference since most of these references have their own defects ?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Yehia

      I don’t think such a thing exists!

      English grammar is constantly evolving and changing, and as a result different people have different interpretations of grammar rules, and place more or less importance on different aspects of the language.

      These different perspectives depend not only on the fact that grammar is changing, but also on why a particular grammar reference is written and for whom, the background of the author, and many other factors.

      Hope that helps.

    • Rejilkumar says:

      Is there any rules to be applied for imperative sentences like negative imperative followed by will you……

      • Eslbase says:

        Hi Rejilkumar

        With negative imperative sentences, we use “will” in the tag:

        Don’t wait too long, will you?

        Hope that helps.

  16. Leyla says:

    Every young girl and boy wants to be happy, doesn’t he?
    Every young girl and boy wants to be happy, don’t they?
    Which is correct ?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Leyla

      “Every young girl and boy wants to be happy, don’t they?”

      This is correct. “Every young girl and boy” is similar to saying “Everyone”. if you have a look at number 6 in the article above, you will see that with “everyone” we use “they” in the tag question.

  17. mutoz says:

    I am going to stay a hotel which i stayed last year.
    How it would be in tag

    • Aida says:

      I am going to stay at a hotel
      which I stayed last year, aren’t I?

  18. huy comf says:

    Can you tell me:

    “Nobody but you noticed my existence,……………?”

    • Eslbase says:

      Nobody but you noticed my existence, did they?

      • kamel says:

        A person has locked the door , haven’t they ?
        is it correct ?

      • Satyam says:

        Could you please give explanation…

        • Eslbase says:

          This is correct when we don’t know if the person is male or female.

          We can’t say “hasn’t he?” or “hasn’t she?” so we use “they” instead.

  19. nafisa says:

    There is little we can do for him —–?

    • Eslbase says:

      There is little we can do for him, is there?

      • Ranjith says:

        if the word “little” comes then it’s a negative sentence so the answer will be – is there ?

        • Eslbase says:

          You’re absolutely right, I’ve edited my comment above.

      • Reonald lenn says:

        I need your help “stop giving me advice”

        • Eslbase says:

          Stop giving me advice, will you?
          OR
          Stop giving me advice, won’t you?

          • Zinam says:

            Noone cares me in need,…?
            One should speak the truth,…?
            All is well,…?
            Someone is coming,…?

          • Eslbase says:

            Hi Zinam

            Noone cares for me in need, do they?
            One should speak the truth, shouldn’t they?
            All is well, isn’t it?
            Someone is coming, aren’t they?

      • Vinod Rawat says:

        Here little has a negative connotation. Can we, instead, say – There is little we can do for him, can we?
        or, There is little we can do for him, is there?

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Vinod

          “There is little we can do for him, is there?” is correct.

  20. Rahul says:

    Please its urgent.

    Answer this question.

    Every adult has the right to marry,______?

    which is the best question tag here?

    • Eslbase says:

      Every adult has the right to marry, don’t they?

      • Rahul says:

        Thanks ESLbase. I wrote the same in an exam and they say haven’t they is the answer for this question.

        Can you give me one source/book which explains the usage of don’t they in this case?

        I need to file a complaint against them. I need a source to produce.

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Rahul

          The usage of “don’t they” in this example follows the rule for all question tags: We take the auxiliary verb from the main clause and use it in the tag. In the absence of an auxiliary verb in the main clause, we use “do” in the tag (or does, or did).

          So, in your example, there is no auxiliary verb in the main clause – “has” is the main verb here. As a result we use “do” in the tag.

          Now, in spoken English we hear many instances where these “rules” are broken, and that’s because English grammar rules are not set in stone. That’s how the language evolves, as different ways of saying things become common and accepted and therefore a part of the language. Using “haven’t they” in your example is an example of this. BUT – you certainly shouldn’t have been penalised for using “don’t they” as this is perfectly correct.

          I don’t have a specific source which quotes this example exactly, but, for example “Practical English Usage” by Michael Swan, a respected grammar reference, states the rule I have explained above.

      • Salahuddin says:

        Every adult has the right to marry, haven’t they?

        • Thanh says:

          I think both of them are ok. In Bristish English you say you have got a car, but in American English you have a car.
          “have” here means possess so you can say you have a car, don’t you or haven’t you?
          However, You often have dinner with her, don’t you? Not haven’t you?

  21. Ranjith says:

    come on time, ______ ?

    • Eslbase says:

      Can you give the full sentence before the tag?

  22. priyanka says:

    I saw the helicopter will be changed into
    “did I saw the helicopter ”

    is it correct??

  23. niloy says:

    Either John or his sister rebuked us,………..?
    what’s the correct tag of this sentence?

    • Eslbase says:

      …didn’t they?

  24. Riken says:

    Hi, ESLbase..
    I just saw that the term “someone” is the same as “everyone, nobody, etc”

    So “Someone called me last night, didn’t they?”
    Is that correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Riken – yes, that’s correct to say that.

  25. its me says:

    They think they are wiser than others. Dont they?.. is this tag right? Or it will be.. are they?

    • Eslbase says:

      “They think they are wiser than others, don’t they?” is correct.

  26. Martin koueffi KONDANO says:

    It is right because the first verb is a main verb, so we need the auxiliary “do” while building the question tag.

  27. farman says:

    I don’t think he has won the match, ?

    could you tell me how to change into tag question?

    • Eslbase says:

      I don’t think he has won the match, has he?

      • Satyam says:

        Is “Do I?” correct?

        • Eslbase says:

          Yes, this is also correct, but it changes the meaning of your sentence.

          “I don’t think he has won the match, has he?” makes the tag about him winning the match

          “I don’t think he has won the match, do I?” makes the tag, and the focus of the sentence, about what you think. Winning the match is less important in this sentence.

  28. majeed says:

    “They think they are wiser than others, don’t they?” is correct.
    “I don’t think he has won the match, has he?” is correct.

    Please help me if I said in first sentence (aren’t they)
    And in second (do I)

    Would it be wrong?
    Explain?

    And how to find the main verb?

  29. Minhajur Rahman says:

    Mr. Rahim and not his colleagues helped him,………?

    • Eslbase says:

      Mr. Rahim and not his colleagues helped him, didn’t he?

  30. reza says:

    what is tag of (thank you.)

    • Eslbase says:

      Thank you isn’t a clause (it doesn’t contain a subject and a verb). So we can’t make a question tag from it.

      Hope that helps.

  31. Nur adnan says:

    Here is a man,………….? What would be the question tag?

    • Eslbase says:

      I think the question tag would be “isn’t it”. But this is a strange clause to use a question tag with. It would be more common to say “This is a man, isn’t it?”

  32. Noureddin says:

    Thank you in advance

    Let us prepare the breakfast , will you ? as a request not as a suggestion
    is my sentence true?

    • Eslbase says:

      I think it would be difficult to use “Let us” or “Let’s” as a request.

      The correct question tag to use is “shall we?”

  33. Mamun says:

    what should be the tag of the sentence

    Dogs are loyal.?

    should it be ‘aren’t they or isn’t it?

    • Eslbase says:

      “Dogs” is plural, so the pronoun to use is “they”, and we need the third person plural form of the verb “be”:

      Dogs are loyal, aren’t they?

  34. deepak says:

    Someone is writing an essay.what is the question tag of this sentence?

    • Eslbase says:

      “Someone is writing an essay, aren’t they?”

  35. Sanjida says:

    What will be the tag question of “what a beautiful bird it is……………….?

    • Eslbase says:

      What a beautiful bird it is, isn’t it?

  36. Murad says:

    One can do this,……..? What is the question tag of this sentence? Please reply.

    • Eslbase says:

      We would say: “One can do this, can’t one?” – although this sounds very formal.

  37. Ashwini Uppral says:

    What will be the tag question for Their gifts, were no doubts wise ones, ____?could u tell me whether this statement is positive or negative

    • Eslbase says:

      The tag question would be “weren’t they?”.
      So the whole sentence would be: “Their gifts were no doubt wise ones, weren’t they?”

  38. Alish gautam says:

    She has a pen
    Ans:hasn’t she
    Is it correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      In your sentence, “has” is the main verb in the sentence, not an auxiliary verb. If “has” is the main verb, we use “do” as the auxiliary verb in the tag:

      “She has a pen, doesn’t she?”

      However, “She has a pen, hasn’t she?” is often heard in spoken English, and any grammar that is commonly used can be considered correct!

  39. Arif says:

    Please give me the solution of the tag question – ” Many men many minds,…….?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Arif

      It’s not possible to add a tag question to your example, because it is not a clause with a subject and a verb. We need a clause with a subject and a verb to add a tag question.

      Hope that helps.

      • Ahmed says:

        Ahmed is told, …?
        What is the tag question

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Ahmed
          The tag question would be: “Ahmed is told, isn’t he?”
          However, if you use “told”, it normally needs a direct object. For example: “Ahmed was told the news, wasn’t he?”

  40. Ramzy Metwaly says:

    The bag is too heavy to lift ,is it ?

    The bag is too heavy to lift ,isn’t it ?
    Which is correct ,please .
    thanks .

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Ramzy

      Both of these are correct.

      Normally, we would use “The bag is too heavy to lift, isn’t it?”

      But we can use an affirmative tag with an affirmative sentence to express a reaction like surprise or interest:

      “The bag is too heavy to lift, is it?”

      (see point 9 in the post above).

      • Ramzy Metwally says:

        Thank you Eslbase I really appreciate.

  41. chandan kumar says:

    I am never seen a girl like you,…………..?

    • Eslbase says:

      “I have never seen a girl like you, have I?”

  42. nguyễn thu hiền says:

    what will you use for the tag question of this sentence?
    – He ought to go,…..?

    • Eslbase says:

      He ought to go, oughtn’t he?

  43. Parfait says:

    Hi, please what is correct tag for this sentence: there was a phonecall for me yesterday, ……..?

    • Eslbase says:

      “wasn’t there?”

  44. Daniel Matiko says:

    what is the question tag of this sentence; “one of the girls gave up her seat”, help please!

    • Eslbase says:

      The tag is “didn’t she?”

  45. Enji says:

    Can I write the tag question in the long form like this

    He is my friend, is not he?
    Or it must be abbreviated “isn’t he?

  46. Eslbase says:

    No, you must write the contracted form “isn’t he?”

    • Help me says:

      I am all right, … (question tag)

      • Eslbase says:

        I am all right, aren’t I?

  47. Sralkats says:

    Please help me

    Your uncle said that he would do his best to help you, … ?
    a. wouldn’t he
    b. didn’t he

    Does the tag refer to “your uncle SAID” or ” he WOULD do”

    Thankyou

    • Eslbase says:

      The tag is “didn’t he?” – it refers to “Your uncle said”.

  48. Deepak Bisht says:

    I have been searching for “you will, _______ ?”
    Please help me to solve this. Also email me if possible because I rarely use internet.

    Thanks
    Deepak Bisht

    • Eslbase says:

      “You will, won’t you?”

  49. Priyanka says:

    I have been searching for
    1. No body takes the reduction of warheads in serious terms (add tag question)
    2. Not enough effort has been made in the last fifty years to foster that memory (add tag question) plzzz help me to solve this.

    • Eslbase says:

      1. Nobody takes the reduction of warheads in serious terms, do they?
      2. Not enough effort has been made in the last fifty years to foster that memory, has it?

      • Vinod Rawat says:

        I beg to differ with you. Not enough effort has been made in the last fifty years to foster…., has it? Can we use ‘have they”‘ as question tag, because subject implied here is ‘people’ who did not make enough effort. Please help.

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Vinod

          The sentence is passive, and “Not enough effort” has moved to the subject position in this passive sentence. So the correct tag is “has it?”

          Hope that helps.

    • Alan says:

      you have taken that bag,______?
      a.have you
      b.haven’t they
      c.don’t you
      d.none
      Which one is the correct answer and why?
      Could you explain a little bit?

  50. Junlyn bayani says:

    How to teach a tag question? Please help me.
    And how to give him motivation so that they are not bored in class.
    Please help me.
    Thank you so much.

    • Eslbase says:

      Please have a look at some of the comments in this section – some teachers have added some good teaching ideas for tag questions.

    • Rafina laila says:

      Answer with explanation
      She speaks German well, …?

      • Eslbase says:

        She speaks German well, doesn’t she?
        Please see Point 1 under “Form” in the post above for an explanation.

  51. MOUSMI.G says:

    Why do we use are instead of am only in positive to negative sentences?

    • Eslbase says:

      This is because in tag questions, we normally contract “am not” to “aren’t”.

      So we can say: “I am here, aren’t I?”

      We could also say: “I am here, am I not?” …but this is more formal.

      • Eddy says:

        But you should be more precise in the course text, in the additional points #1. Because “aren’t I?” is only used in negative tag questions. But we won’t say “are I?” in affirmative form. For example “I’m not dead, am I?”.

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Eddy, thanks for pointing this out – I’ve made the change in the article.

  52. Mohaiminul kabir says:

    What will be the tag question – “One but all the members looked for him, ———-?

    • Eslbase says:

      This sentence doesn’t quite make sense. Could it be: “Not one but all the members looked for him” ?

      In this case, the tag question is “…didn’t they?”

  53. Sushma kumar Mahamulkar says:

    I understood that everything has a name (add a tail tag)

    • Eslbase says:

      There are two possibilities:

      I understood that everything has a name, didn’t I? (I understood… didn’t I?
      I understood that everything has a name, doesn’t it? (everything has a name… doesn’t it?)

  54. mabastshazada says:

    I am Happy.
    What is the tag question of this?

    • Eslbase says:

      I am happy, aren’t I?

  55. Kumar Asit says:

    Please help me by checking if the tags are correct:
    I know that he is honest, isn’t he?
    We know that he is honest, isn’t he?
    He knew Runa will come, won’t she?
    Hope you will come, won’t you?
    I know she is guilty, isn’t she?

    • Eslbase says:

      I know that he is honest, isn’t he?
      We know that he is honest, isn’t he?
      I know she is guilty, isn’t she?
      Hope you will come, won’t you?

      These are correct. For the first three, you could also say:

      I know that he is honest, don’t I?
      We know that he is honest, don’t we?
      I know she is guilty, don’t I?

      …depending on which part of the sentence you want to make the tag about.

      He knew Runa will come, won’t she?

      Although this looks similar to the other three examples, it doesn’t work with this tag. This is correct:

      He knew Runa will come, didn’t he?

  56. Jakirul Islam says:

    I think that he is an honest man….?

    • Eslbase says:

      I think that he is an honest man, don’t I?
      OR
      I think that he is an honest man, isn’t he?

  57. Tania Ahmed says:

    He as well as his friends enjoyed the match. Which tag is suitable for this sentence?

    • Eslbase says:

      I think both of the following would work:
      He as well as his friends enjoyed the match, didn’t they?
      He as well as his friends enjoyed the match, didn’t he?

  58. Raju Laskar says:

    One can not go there. What would be the question tag?

    • Eslbase says:

      One can not go there, can one? (This is very formal though)

  59. Hemanta says:

    They rarely have money… (which question tag is used?)

    • Eslbase says:

      They rarely have money, do they?

  60. SIYON KASUGA says:

    What will be the question tag of the statement “You may leave now”?

    • Eslbase says:

      It’s not possible to make a question tag for this statement. You could change it to “You can leave now” – the question tag for this would be “can’t you?”

  61. Yubaraj Neupane says:

    I would be much grateful for your help (with explanation):
    You’d rather I didn’t say anything, …?
    I take it you won’t be coming then, …?

  62. Eslbase says:

    You’d rather I didn’t say anything, wouldn’t you?
    The auxiliary verb in the main clause is “would”, so we make this negative in the tag.

    I take it you won’t be coming then, will you?
    The auxiliary verb in the main clause is “won’t”, so we make this affirmative in the tag.

  63. Mina Adel says:

    You think you are so smart
    The suitable question tag is : aren’t you or don’t you ???

    • Eslbase says:

      You think you are so smart, don’t you?

  64. Saurav Gautam says:

    Everyone is ready… isn’t it or aren’t they?

    • Eslbase says:

      Everyone is ready, aren’t they?

  65. Quỳnh Hương says:

    The problems seem annoying to the people… don’t they or aren’t they?
    Thank you.

    • Eslbase says:

      The problems seem annoying to the people, don’t they?

  66. Narendra Bahadur Sahi says:

    I love you………?
    I hate you……..?
    I don`t love you……..?

    Please solve them.

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Narenda

      Please see points 1, 2 and 3 under the “Form” section above, and post what you think the answers should be here. If you’re still stuck after that, I will give you some pointers.

  67. Alisha says:

    Rahul likes to eat chocolate…? What will be the question tag for this?

    • Eslbase says:

      Rahul likes to eat chocolate, doesn’t he?

  68. Mohamed Ahmed says:

    Thanks a million for your useful explanation and effort. I have a question here concerning the following sentences:

    1- You have to study, don’t you?
    2- John has to study, doesn’t he?

    Are the above question tags correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      Yes, both correct!

    • Alan says:

      Hello
      Could you tell me the tag questions of the following and a little bit explain them.
      I am a doctor, aren’t I?
      I am a doctor, am I not?

      • Eslbase says:

        Hi, both are correct.

        “am I not?” is more formal and is rarely used in spoken English. Sometimes we use it in spoken English to reinforce the point in the statement in order to show authority. For example:

        “Can you help him?”
        “Of course I can help him. I am a doctor, am I not?”

  69. Harun says:

    I am not very disappointed……..?
    And
    I should have been able to do it…..?
    What is tag question for both?

  70. Bardan says:

    No one is satisfied, …?
    Let me do the work, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      No one is satisfied, are they?
      Let me do the work, won’t you / will you?

    • Eslbase says:

      I am not very disappointed, am I?
      I should have been able to do it, shouldn’t I?

  71. Tien says:

    Thank you very much for your explanation. i have a question. Please help me
    This is Mary, ……?

    • Eslbase says:

      This is Mary, isn’t it?

  72. Moses says:

    Please tell me the question tag for
    There comes the teacher

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Moses. This would be better:

      Here comes the teacher.

      And the question tag would be:

      …doesn’t he?

  73. Ishwor says:

    Hi,
    Please, help me.
    I am a professor,…?
    Tag Question with Reasons.

    • Eslbase says:

      I am a professor, aren’t I?

      Please see Additional point number 1 in the article above for the reason.

  74. Elena says:

    What will be the question tag for “Him and I are best friends?”

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Elena

      It would be better to say: “He and I are best friends”.

      The question tag would be:

      …aren’t we?

  75. Moses says:

    Something should be done……
    Please tell me for this

    • Eslbase says:

      Something should be done, shouldn’t it?

  76. THOIMUR HOSSAIN says:

    Something is better than nothing – What will be the tag question, please?

    • Eslbase says:

      Something is better than nothing, isn’t it?

  77. Quan says:

    Hi,

    Could you help me with the following question tags:
    “You could have told me, couldn’t you? or… haven’t you? and must have/should have + past participle

    Sincerely

    • Eslbase says:

      “You could have told me, couldn’t you?” is correct.

  78. Royal says:

    Hi
    The tag question is “Thank you very much, …?”
    Then, I imagine it as “I say that thank you very much, do I?
    Like “What a pity, …?
    “What a pity it is, isn’t it?”
    I will be right or wrong?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Royal

      “Thank you very much” – it is difficult to make a tag question for this.

      But:

      “I say thank you very much”:
      – “I say thank you very much, don’t I?”
      or
      – “I say thank you very much, do I?” (see Additional points, number 9 in the explanation at the top of this page.)

      “What a pity it is, isn’t it?” – this is correct.
      You could also say:
      “It’s such a pity, isn’t it?”

    • Najmul Islam Shanto says:

      Thank you very much, will you? Is it correct?

      • Eslbase says:

        Hi – please see my comment just above for this answer.

        • Najmul islam shanto says:

          You are right. Thank you very much, don’t I? It is correct.100% right

          • Eslbase says:

            Hi Najmul

            “Thank you very much, don’t I?” isn’t correct – please read my comment above for more on this.

            Hope this helps.

  79. Rishabh says:

    The question tag of
    Ram said that he was there.

    • Eslbase says:

      Ram said that he was there, didn’t he?

  80. Tanaya says:

    What will be the question tag for:
    “No one is gonna do that” ???

    • Eslbase says:

      No one is going to do that, are they?

      (“Gonna” is used more in spoken English – in written English it is “going to”)

  81. KAFANA says:

    What will be the tag for this sentence. I am not late.

    • Eslbase says:

      I am not late, am I?

  82. lika says:

    he’s a survival expert…?

    • Eslbase says:

      He’s a survival expert, isn’t he?

  83. Kabo says:

    What could be the answer to the following questions:
    Mina had better stay home, …?
    Something is burning, …?
    We have to study English, …?
    It is a man who pollutes his environment, …?
    Rahim, as well as his friends, was present, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Kabo

      Mina had better stay home, hadn’t she?
      Something is burning, isn’t it?
      We have to study English, don’t we?
      It is a man who pollutes his environment, isn’t it? (“He is a man who pollutes his environment, isn’t he?” is better.)
      Rahim, as well as his friends, was present, wasn’t he?

  84. Anika says:

    What question tag should I use for
    You will go to attend the party today…?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Anika

      You will go to attend the party today, won’t you?

      But this would be better:

      You will go to the party today, won’t you?

  85. Shakh says:

    She said she had met my friend, … she? – hadn’t or didn’t? please

    • Eslbase says:

      She said she had met my friend, didn’t she?

  86. Balu says:

    I disliked the idea of making omelette (correct the sentence).
    Mother was not at home.

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Balu, the question tags for these are:

      I disliked the idea of making omelette, didn’t I?
      Mother was not at home, was she?

  87. Amul Parmar says:

    What is the question tag of this?

    You and my brother watched this movie.

    • Eslbase says:

      You and my brother watched this movie, didn’t you.

      • Amul Parmar says:

        Thank you so much sir

  88. Apu says:

    Mr. John said, “I live in a remote village, …”?

    • Eslbase says:

      I live in a remote village, don’t I?

  89. Najmul Islam Shanto says:

    I think you are still single, don’t I? Or aren’t you? Which is correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      I think you are still single, don’t I?
      I think you are still single, aren’t you?

      Both are correct, depending on the context – which verb are you checking with the tag?

  90. SALMA SULTANA says:

    Please ask the boys to come in, won’t you?
    Is it correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      Yes, that is correct. Or you can say “will you?”

    • JAWWAD says:

      What is the answer of this tag question?

      I know how it works on people, …?

      • Eslbase says:

        I know how it works on people, don’t I?

  91. Shafin says:

    Either of the girls is intelligent, …?
    Tania, not her sister, is going to see the film, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Either of the girls is intelligent, aren’t they?
      Tania, not her sister, is going to see the film, isn’t she?

  92. Sujan Mithro says:

    At present, everybody likes cricket – correct tag answer

    • Eslbase says:

      At present, everybody likes cricket, don’t they?

  93. P.Ramanishree says:

    Come on time, won’t you?

    OR

    Come on time, will you?

    • Eslbase says:

      Both are correct!

  94. Ada says:

    There is no meaning in going there. Question tag

    • Eslbase says:

      There is no meaning in going there, is there?

  95. Sheyamol says:

    1. I think he is honest, isn’t he?
    2. I hope you are keeping well, aren’t you?
    3. I guess you are older than he, aren’t you?
    4. I think that you will do better in the exam, don’t I?
    5. I believe you are coming to the airport, aren’t you?

    Please tell me all the tags are correct

    • Eslbase says:

      All these are correct, but number 4 could also be:

      “I think that you will do better in the exam, won’t you?”

  96. Sultan says:

    Question tag for: Get out! The teacher has said, …? (plus explanation please)

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Sultan

      Both these are correct:

      “The teacher has said, hasn’t he?”
      “The teacher said, didn’t he?”

      The auxiliary verb in the question tag is in the same tense as the main verb in the statement.

      I hope this helps.

  97. Abida says:

    Who cares…?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Abida

      We can’t use a question tag with “Who cares?” because this is already a question. We use question tags at the ends of statements.

      I hope this helps.

  98. Ade says:

    Hi

    Good job you’re doing here.
    Please help with this.

    If one was to ask a question without an accompanying tag, what would the correct response be?

    “You didn’t leave the house on time.” – “No, I didn’t’ or “Yes, I didn’t”?

    Know that the person did not leave on time.

    That said, is it correct to leave the question tag out even?

    I expect a response in my mail, please.

    Thank you.

    • Eslbase says:

      “You didn’t leave the house on time.” – “No, I didn’t. – This is correct.

      “You didn’t leave the house on time” is a statement, rather than a question. The expected response would depend on the context, the intonation used, etc. So it is possible to leave out the question tag, but the speaker would need to make it clear from his intonation (and from the context) that he expected some kind of response.

      Hope this helps.

  99. Lila says:

    You like playing basketball, and he likes running, …?
    How to tag this question? Thanks

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Lila

      It’s not possible to add a question tag for both statements at the same time, because the two subjects are different (“you” and “he”).

      So you could add a tag just for the second statement:

      “You like playing basketball, and he likes running, doesn’t he?”

      Or you could say something different, for example:

      “You like playing basketball, and he likes running, right?”

      Hope this helps.

  100. Tekoo says:

    Hey. Help me please!
    What is the tag for the following sentence:
    I said that old car isn’t reliable, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      I said that old car isn’t reliable, didn’t I?

  101. iqra says:

    1. Ali has visited sixteen countries.
    2. I was here early morning.
    3. He doesn’t have six fingers in his left hand.

    Please convert them to tag questions

    • Eslbase says:

      1. Ali has visited sixteen countries, hasn’t he?
      2. I was here early morning, wasn’t I?
      3. He doesn’t have six fingers in his left hand, does he?

  102. iqra says:

    4. I have walked all the way from Muree to Islamabad.
    5. Your phone number is 0301-432-1212
    6. The balance in your account is 70,000

    Please also change this in tag questions

    • Eslbase says:

      4. I have walked all the way from Muree to Islamabad, haven’t I?
      5. Your phone number is 0301-432-1212, isn’t it?
      6. The balance in your account is 70,000, isn’t it?

  103. Shahzaib says:

    Someone is crying aren’t they?
    How to tag the question?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Shahzaib – Your answer is correct.

  104. FREEMAN says:

    DO you believe in witchcraft, don’t you?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Freeman
      If you say “Do you believe in witchcraft?” this is a direct question, and we can’t use a tag with it. You would have to change it to:
      “You do believe in witchcraft, don’t you?”

  105. Ahmad Hamid says:

    Awesome I never had such complete information.
    Tnx.
    Would you mind telling me how to use tag questions with “will you”, “won’t you”, “can’t you”?
    Ex. “Shut up will you / won’t you / can’t you? – Which to use?
    And what about can, ex. “Help me with English, can you?”
    Where to use “would” and “could”
    How to make a tag of negative imperative ?
    Thank you

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi
      With imperatives, we normally use “won’t” if the imperative is an invitation (“Come in, won’t you?”).
      If the imperative is giving an order, we can use “can”, “can’t”, “will” or “would”. So for your example, all of these would be okay:
      Shut up, will you?
      Shut up, would you?
      Shut up, can you?
      Shut up, can’t you?

      Will and would sound the most natural in this example.

      Hope that helps.

  106. Shreyansh says:

    Hi elbase,
    can you please tell me how we use question tags with sentences begining with: each, every, a number of, the number of

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi – can you give some examples of sentences?

  107. Atsu says:

    Thank you for the lessons.
    The thing which is not yet clear for me is to know whether after an imperative sentence we can or not use the negative or affirmative tag.
    Example: “Do your homework”.
    Will the answer be “will you” or “won’t you?”

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Atsu

      Both are correct. “will you?” is probably a little less polite.

  108. Ajay says:

    It seems that she is in a gang, …?
    I think its answer should be “isn’t she?”
    Is it correct ?

    • Eslbase says:

      That is correct. You could also say:
      “It seems she is in a gang, doesn’t it?” if you want the question tag to be for “it seems…”

      she is… isn’t she?
      it seems… doesn’t it?

  109. Yashaswi says:

    The Headmaster will help her…?
    Can you please say the question tag used here

    • Eslbase says:

      The Headmaster will help her, won’t he/she?

  110. Kyaw Nyunt says:

    I think the sentence “Either of the girls is intelligent, aren’t they?” should be “Either of the girls is intelligent, are they?”, shouldn’t it?

    • Eslbase says:

      The verb “is” is affirmative, and so we change it to negative in the tag. I hope this helps.

  111. Venita says:

    we need to sleep earlier, …? add the correct tag and explain too

    • Eslbase says:

      We need to sleep earlier, don’t we?

      • Kuldeep says:

        Correct

  112. Sushma nayak says:

    What is the question tag for “He is unable to attend the school”. Is he? or Isn’t he?

    • Eslbase says:

      He is unable to attend the school, isn’t he.

      • Sushma nayak says:

        Pls tell me why it is isn’t he?

        • Eslbase says:

          Hi Sushma

          The main verb in the sentence is “is”.
          We use the main verb again in the tag. It is affirmative in the sentence, so we make it negative in the tag.

          Hope that helps.

  113. Sushma nayak says:

    The sentence is negative. Why it is isn’t he?

    • Vishal Swami says:

      That’s why they left. Give question tag.

      • Eslbase says:

        That’s why they left, isn’t it.

  114. Sushma nayak says:

    Could you please tell me what is the question tag for “good morning, have a nice day”

  115. Qwerty says:

    I shall tell you the other day about it…?

    • Eslbase says:

      With “shall” the tag is “shan’t” so in your sentence it would be:
      “I shall tell you the other day about it, shan’t I?

  116. Akshay says:

    John keeps talking all the time. That’s disgusting ……….?

    • Eslbase says:

      John keeps talking all the time. That’s disgusting, isn’t it?

  117. naimjon says:

    1. It’s been a long day, …?
    2 There hasn’t been a phone call for me, …?
    3 Hardly anyone turned up to the meeting, …?
    4 He never takes responsibility for his actions, …?
    5 I’m going to be late, …?
    6 Give me have a hand, …?
    7 She should ask for help if she needs it, …?
    8 We had great fun at the carnival, …?
    9 Let’s meet up again next week, …?
    10 Don’t tell anybody what I said, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      All of these follow the rules from the beginning of this post:

      1. It’s been a long day, hasn’t it?
      2 There hasn’t been a phone call for me, has there?
      3 Hardly anyone turned up to the meeting, did they?
      4 He never takes responsibility for his actions, does he?
      5 I’m going to be late, aren’t I?
      6 Give me have a hand, will you?
      7 She should ask for help if she needs it, shouldn’t she?
      8 We had great fun at the carnival, didn’t we?
      9 Let’s meet up again next week, shall we?
      10 Don’t tell anybody what I said, will you?

  118. Mashfee says:

    What is the tag of

    He ought not to have invited him

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Mashfee

      You could say “He ought not to have invited him, ought he?”

      But “He shouldn’t have invited him, should he?” sounds better (ought to and should have the same meaning).

  119. Ivy says:

    Everybody will appreciate your kind behavior, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Everybody will appreciate your kind behavior, won’t they?

  120. samuel says:

    Samuel and Muze are cousins, aren’t they?

    • Eslbase says:

      This is correct.

  121. samuel says:

    pass me the salt (add a question tag)

    • Eslbase says:

      Pass me the salt, will you?

  122. binoy says:

    What is the correct question tag for “You have nothing to do”

    • Eslbase says:

      You have nothing to do, do you?

  123. Kim says:

    No need to publish it, doesn’t it? Is this correct?
    If not, what’s the correct sentence to use?

    • Eslbase says:

      No need to publish it, is there?

      This is because if we say the complete sentence, it will be: “There is no need to publish it, is there?”

      • Kim says:

        Thank you so much!

  124. Simran says:

    Please answer this..
    The river flooded last week, doesn’t it?
    He was one of the most talented actors of his generation, wasn’t he?
    We need stronger discipline in the school, don’t we?
    They worked hard to bring some drastic changes in their factory, didn’t they?
    That was a boring speech, wasn’t it?
    I have been answering, haven’t it?
    You don’t really help her, do you?
    I am right, aren’t I?
    Three of my friends are coming to dinner, aren’t they?
    Don’t hit it so hard, do you?
    Tuesday is her half-day, isn’t it?
    Let’s meet at 8, can we?
    You’ve been there, haven’t you?
    Don’t be absurd,

    • Eslbase says:

      Here are the corrected ones, all the others are correct:

      The river flooded last week, didn’t it?
      I have been answering, haven’t I?
      Don’t hit it so hard, will you?
      Let’s meet at 8, can we? (or “shall we?”)
      Don’t be absurd, will you.

  125. Yaso says:

    He used to be your boss, did he? OR didn’t he?
    I have a doubt as English Grammar Today – Cambridge Dictionary says “did he? ”
    Please explain the correct answer. Thank you

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Yaso

      Both can be correct:
      – If we say “He used to be your boss, didn’t he?”, we are confirming or checking information.
      – If we say “He used to be your boss, did he?”, we are probably expressing surprise or interest.

      Hope that helps.

  126. Yaso says:

    Thank you.

  127. Yaso says:

    What is the tag for :

    A student who is lazy cannot accomplish anything,

    Please explain the answer. Thank you.

  128. Yaso says:

    what is the tag for:

    A student who is lazy cannot accomplish anything, can they? Or can he/she?

    please explain the answer. Thank you

  129. Qwerty says:

    I have a question for you, please help me with it.
    “I don’t suppose you have seen my glasses, …?”

    • Eslbase says:

      “I don’t suppose you have seen my glasses, have you?”

  130. RanjanTimilsina says:

    What is question tag of all is sold.

    • Eslbase says:

      All is sold, isn’t it?

  131. Shachi Nandan Das says:

    Only two days are left, isn’t it? / aren’t they?
    Which one is correct?

    • Eslbase says:

      “Only two days are left, aren’t they?” is correct.
      However, it sounds more natural to say:
      “There are only two days left, aren’t there?”

  132. Karrah says:

    The Door is Locked?
    Selene broke the figures?
    walking in that part of the park is prohibited?
    The girls won the game?
    The gentleman is allowed to enter the hall?
    The doctor examines the patient?
    The dog bite the stranger?
    They know what to do?
    She is happy?
    You enjoying trekking and hiking?
    We must honor the elderly?

  133. Anas says:

    Please open the door, …?

    Answer plz

    • Eslbase says:

      Please open the door, will you?
      Or
      Please open the door, won’t you?

  134. Prerana says:

    What question tag will come for
    – she said nothing
    – he brings books
    – he has ___ 1 rupee note
    – he knew nothing

    • Eslbase says:

      She said nothing, did she?
      He brings books, doesn’t he?
      He has ___ 1 rupee note, doesn’t he?
      He knew nothing, did he?

  135. Rohan Khan Sunny says:

    His staying power is valued to all, ___?
    His involvement with all is rarely praised, ___?
    He forbade him to join with them, ___?
    The unfed should be fed, ___?
    All’s well that ends well, ___?

    please answer these tag questions as soon as possible

    • Eslbase says:

      His staying power is valued to all, isn’t it?
      His involvement with all is rarely praised, is it?
      He forbade him to join with them, didn’t he?
      The unfed should be fed, shouldn’t they?
      All’s well that ends well, isn’t it?

  136. Nahiz says:

    Are you my teacher, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Nahiz, to make a tag question with this, first we need to turn it into a statement:

      “You are my teacher”

      Then we can add the tag:

      “You are my teacher, aren’t you?”

  137. Saru says:

    Somebody is walking
    I am confused here
    Isn’t they or aren’t they

    • Eslbase says:

      Somebody is walking, aren’t they?

  138. Mdrocky 94 says:

    Please help me to solve this tag: “Not all men joined the meeting that day, …?”

    • Eslbase says:

      Not all men joined the meeting that day, did they?

  139. SADIKSHYA says:

    What are the question tags for:
    1) Someone has come, …
    2) Raj Kishor hardly recognized us, …
    3) There was a lot of traffic, …
    4) There are a lot of people, …

    • Eslbase says:

      1) Someone has come, haven’t they?
      Or, if you know the gender of the person who has come, you can say:
      Someone has come, hasn’t he? / hasn’t she?

      2) Raj Kishor hardly recognized us, did he?
      3) There was a lot of traffic, wasn’t there?
      4) There are a lot of people, aren’t there?

  140. Alan says:

    When we check information the intonation goes down with __________ but with ________ goes up.
    Could fill the blanks with explanation

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Alan

      When we are just checking information, the intonation normally goes down (falling intonation) on the tag. If it’s a real question and we don’t know the answer, the intonation normally goes up (rising intonation) on the tag.

  141. Alan says:

    you have taken that bag,______?
    a.have you
    b.haven’t they
    c.don’t you
    d.none
    Which one is the correct answer and why?
    Could you explain a little bit,please?

  142. Fardeen says:

    Someone has heard the news, has they? Is this the correct answer?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Fardeen

      Normally it is:
      “Someone has heard the news, haven’t they?”

      But:
      “Someone has heard the news, have they?” can be correct – please see number 9 under “Additional points”.

  143. Alan says:

    Hi dear teacher
    Please answer my question.
    you have taken that bag,______?
    a.have you
    b.haven’t they
    c.don’t you
    d.none
    Which one is the correct answer and why?
    Could you explain a little bit,please?

  144. Rajika says:

    This is my car.
    Those are my cars.
    These are my pens.
    What are the question tags?

    • Eslbase says:

      This is my car, isn’t it?
      Those are my cars, aren’t they?
      These are my pens, aren’t they?

  145. Mamun says:

    Every religion teaches humanity, …?

    What is the tag question of this statement? Plz give me the answer. Is it – doesn’t it? Or don’t they?

    • Eslbase says:

      The correct tag is “don’t they?”

  146. Elena Zafrilla Olayo says:

    hello, what would be the correct tag for this question: Give me a hand with this, …? I would say – will you? but in my book the correct answer is “aren’t you?”

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Elena

      You are correct that the answer is “will you?”:

      Give me a hand with this, will you?

      If your book says that the answer is “aren’t you?”, it must be a mistake…

      Hope that helps.

  147. Najwa says:

    They are on the way, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      They are on the way, aren’t they?

  148. Lina says:

    Please help me when we use neither of a subject so the tag question will be plural or singular and give an example please, like this one:
    Neither of your father came to meet the teacher, did he?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Lina

      Neither of your parents came to meet the teacher, did they?

      Hope this helps.

  149. Dayana says:

    Peter still hasn’t arrived, has he? or does he?

    • Eslbase says:

      Peter still hasn’t arrived, has he?

  150. Msiddiqi says:

    What will be the question tag for the following sentence?

    Let’s not go to the party today, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Let’s not go to the party today, shall we?

  151. Mohammad Abdus Salam says:

    Dear ESL
    What are the tag questions for the following?
    1. Man is mortal, …?
    2. One lie begets hundreds of lies, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      1. Man is mortal, isn’t he?
      2. One lie begets hundreds of lies, doesn’t it?

  152. Mohammad Abdus Salam says:

    What is the tag question for
    1. Thank you very much…?
    2. What a surprise…?
    3. Who cares…?
    4. Welcome…?
    5. How sweetly the bird sings…?

    • Eslbase says:

      5. How sweetly the bird sings, doesn’t it?

      For the others, unfortunately it isn’t possible to make tag questions.

  153. Ruhi says:

    Please help me with the following questions:
    One of you can go, …?
    Neither he or she has done the works, …?
    You and she can play badminton, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Hi Ruhi
      One of you can go, can’t you?
      Neither he nor she has done the work, have they?
      You and she can play badminton, can’t you?

  154. Devika R S says:

    Those trees rarely give flowers in February, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Those trees rarely give flowers in February, do they?

  155. SM Shafaat Islam Alma says:

    1) The honest should be respected, …?
    2) None of them supported the idea …?
    3) Idleness spoils life, …?
    4) Hard works can bring success, …?
    5) He hardly realizes it, …?

    Please solve these tag questions please please please

    • Eslbase says:

      1) The honest should be respected, shouldn’t they?
      2) None of them supported the idea did they?
      3) Idleness spoils life, doesn’t it?
      4) Hard works can bring success, can’t it?
      5) He hardly realizes it, does he?

  156. Sewak Rai999 says:

    Someone hates chasing deer, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      Someone hates chasing deer, don’t they?

  157. Siddu says:

    The lion was the king of the forest, …?

    • Eslbase says:

      The lion was the king of the forest, wasn’t he?

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