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A question tag is a grammatical structure where a declarative or imperative sentence is changed into interrogative with the addition of a question fragment.
There are two types of statement
Rule No 1: If the statement is positive then the question fragment will be negative.
(S+ H.V + M.V +O , H.V+ not + S ? )
S- You play football.
Q.T – You play football, don’t you?
Rule No 2: If the statement is negative then the question fragment will be positive.
(S+ H.V + not + M.V +O , H.V + S ? )
S- You don’t read English.
Q.T – You don’t read English, do you?
Note: Question fragment must be in contraction form.
Rule No: 3 If the statement has such words as ( Seldom, Neither, Never, No one, Nobody, Nothing, None, Hardly, scarcely, a little, a few e.t.c) then question fragment must be positive.
S-I know a little about him?
Q.T – I know a little about him, do I?
S- I have a little oil.
Q.T- I have a little oil, do I?
OR I have a little oil, have I?
S- A barking dog seldom bites.
Q.T – A barking dog seldom bites, does he?
Rule no- 4: If the subject is I, we, you, you, he, she, it, they then repeat the subject to form a question tag.
S- I helped him.
Q.T – I helped him, didn’t I?
S- I write a letter.
Q.T – I write a letter, don’t I?
Rule no- 5: If the subject is a name, put pronoun of the same name.
S- Pushpa knocks at the door.
Q.T – Pushpa knocks at the door, doesn’t she?
S- I and my parents are going to school.
Q.T – I and my parents are going to school, aren’t they?
S- Kamal dances on the stage.
Q.T – Kamal dances on the stage, doesn’t he?
Rule No: 6- If the subject is someone no one, nobody, everyone, none, anyone, anybody, use ‘they’ in the question fragment.
S- No one has seen God.
Q.T – No one has seen God, have they?
S-Someone is playing cricket.
Q.T– Someone is playing cricket, aren’t they?
S- Nobody is absent today.
Q.T – Nobody is absent today, aren’t they?
Rule No 7: If the subject is:
This/ That – It
These/ Those- They
This is mine.
This is mine, isn’t it?
This boy came yesterday.
This boy came yesterday, didn’t he?
Rule No 8: If the subject is:
Nothing – It
Everything – It
Something is there.
Something is there, isn’t it?
Nothing can happen to him.
Nothing can happen to him, can it?
Rule No 9: If the subject is:
All of us- we
All of them- they
All of you- you
Both of you- you
None of us- we
Either of you- you
S- All of us are going to visit the Taj Mahal.
Q.T- All of us are going to visit the Taj Mahal, aren’t we?
S- Both of you are naughty
Q.T – Both of you are naughty, aren’t you?
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