Question tags are short phrases that are added to the end of a statement, turning it into a so-called tag question.
Tag questions have two parts, separated by a comma.
he first part is an affirmative (e.g. It is…) or a negative statement (e.g It isn’t….).
The other part is formed with an appropriate auxiliary verb (e.g. is, was, has) and a pronoun (e.g. he, she, it).
If the statement is positive, we add a negative (and contracted) question tag.
She accepted our offer, didn’t she?
If the statement is negative, we add a positive question tag.
She didn’t accept our offer, did she?
If a proper noun (e.g. a name) is included in the statement, it should be replaced with a pronoun in a question tag.
- They are going to employ more staff, aren’t they?
- You haven’t prepared the entire presentation by yourself, have you?
- John is an excellent manager, isn’t he?
Here are more examples:
- We don’t have a meeting at 10 a.m., do we?
- The report needs to be submitted by Friday, doesn’t it?
- You’re working on the project, aren’t you?
- Lisa isn’t making any progress, is she?
- The Johnsons didn’t sign the contract yesterday, did they?
- You were attending the conference, weren’t you?
- He has completed the training, hasn’t he?
- We haven’t received the payment yet, have we?
- She hadn’t prepared the presentation beforehand, had she?
- We’ll discuss it at the meeting, won’t we?
- The team won’t be working on the project over the weekend, will they?
- We can’t proceed without their approval, can we?
- We should review the proposal today, shouldn’t we?
- We couldn’t have achieved this without Ben’s help, could we?
- You’re going to attend the conference, aren’t you?
In each example, the question tag matches the verb tense, structure, or modal verb used in the main sentence.