Name one tag question that you often hear in conversation?
Tag questions are questions added to the end of a sentence to confirm a statement. When answering tag questions, you usually repeat the same verb form used in the statement. For example: 'She is a teacher, isn't she?' You would answer 'Yes, she is.' or 'No, she isn't.'.
Answering Tag Questions
Tag Questions are questions that are added to the end of a statement to confirm or inquire about the statement. They are usually used for checking information or seeking agreement. Tag Questions are formed with an auxiliary verb, such as 'do', 'can', 'will', 'should', 'would', and a subject pronoun, such as 'you', 'we', 'they', 'it'. The combination of the two creates a tag question. Tag Questions are used to show politeness and to confirm information. They can be used to make a statement sound less assertive, or to ask for agreement or confirmation from the listener.
Tag questions can be used to confirm assumptions or to verify information. Tag questions are not always questions, but can also be used as statements. Tag questions can be used to make a request, rather than to ask a question.
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What do you think are the benefits and drawbacks of using tag questions in communication?
Can you think of any examples of tag questions that you hear people use in everyday language?
How do you think tag questions can influence the tone of a conversation?
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Question: What is the difference between a regular statement and a tag question? Clues: • A tag question creates a call and response effect in a conversation. • Tag questions are used to check for understanding or agreement. • Tag questions always end with an interrogative like 'isn't it?' In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. In pairs, create a dialogue using tag questions. B. Draw a flowchart to illustrate the different types of tag questions.
What is a tag question?
- A grammatical structure that turns a statement into a question by adding an auxiliary verb and subject pronoun at the end
- A type of punctuation used to separate items in a list
- A type of sentence that expresses strong emotion
Which of the following is an example of a tag question?
- You're coming, aren't you?
- I never go to the gym.
- She sings beautifully.
What kind of intonation pattern do tag questions have?
- Falling-rising intonation
- Rising-falling intonation
- Flat tone
Which word(s) can be used as subject pronouns in tag questions?
- You, they, we
- I, he, she
In which sentence below does the tag question match with the correct statement?
- He doesn't like coffee, does he?
- They are from Australia, isn't it?
- 'The movie was great', did she not enjoy it?
Work together in pairs: What is an example of a tag question used in a sentence?