Question Tags for Competitive Exams – Important Rules

Question Tags is one of the important topics in English Grammar. The Questions related with it are asked during many exams. It requires a bit of practice to overcome this problem of Question Tags. Here in this article we shall provide your some of the tips related with this topic that shall make it easier for you to use it any where.

He tells a lie, doesn’t he ?

The sentence has two parts – before comma and after comma. The first part is a simple statement and the latter part is the endorsement of the former one. The second part is known as the Question Tag. The Rule of the Question Tag is lying in the given example. Let’s analyze it step-by-step.

Rule 1 – The affirmative statement has the negative tag and vice versa.

Rule 2 – The Question tag always carry the contracted form of the verbs. For Example –

is not – isn’t

am not – aren’t

are not – aren’t

for these three forms we can also use ain’t.

will not – won’t

shall not – shan’t

can not – can’t

do not – don’t

does not – doesn’t etc.

Rule 3 – The question tag shall take the same tense as in the main statement.

Rule 4 – There is the Mark of Interrogation at the end of the tag.

Check Rule 5 – The Question Tag is separated from the main sentence from a comma.

Question Tags  Practice Set

  1. We are playing this time.
  2. Open the gate.
  3. Don’t go to the market.
  4. I can’t do this work.
  5. Someone is telling a lie.
  6. The table is rickety.

Answers with solution –

  • We are playing this time, aren’t we ?
  • Open the gate, will you ?
  • Don’t go to the market, will you ?

Note – The imperative sentences ( Affirmative and Negative ) take the tag commences with – will you?

  • I can’t do this work, can I?
  • Someone is telling a lie, aren’t they?

The words someone, somebody, everyone, no one etc take the pronoun they in the tag.

  • The table is rickety, isn’t it?

For Question Tags related Practice Set and also for Translation Practice click here.

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