It's Important, Isn't It?
Most questions in English use this structure:
(Question Word) + Auxiliary + Subject + Verb Form + (objects) + ?
Do your workers know how to handle a combined statement?
Are we going to attend the shareholder's meeting this afternoon?
Question tags are used to confirm information that the speaker knows, or believes to know. This conversational form is used to check that the speaker has understood something.
Form questions tags by making a statement followed by a comma and the OPPOSITE (positive -negative, negative - positive) form of the matching auxiliary verb in the same tense.
You wouldn't put all your money into a government bond, would you?
Signing this petition will help us put an end to this unethical bill, won't it?
The gross yield includes the dividends, doesn't it?
This list shows question tags for a number of tenses.
Jim's office doesn't handle escrow payments, do they?
Jennifer is taking the day off to protest a bill, isn't she?
That price wasn't negotiable, was it?
We haven't sold stock in a long time, have we?
Future with 'Will':
The bank will put a stop to a check if I request it, won't they?
Request with 'Would':
He would always preform the interviews as per your request, wouldn't he?
Use question tags in order to do the following:
- To confirm information
- To continue a conversation
Sometimes, question tags are used sarcastically or in a joking manner. This type of usage depends on the context and the speaker's tone of voice.
Exception: When using the verb 'to be' as the auxiliary verb in a question tag with the subject I (rhetorical) use the form "am I?".
I'm not going to be late, am I?
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