Question Tags – Advanced Points

October 26, 2010pdf

The question tag for I am is aren’t I?

  • I am late, aren’t I? (NOT …amn’t I?)

Imperatives can be followed by will you / would you / can you / can’t you / could you?

  • Keep quiet, can’t you?
  • Give me a hand, would you?
  • Open a window, will you?

After a negative imperative, we use will you?

  • Don’t forget, will you?

The question tag for let’s is shall we?

  • Let’s go for a walk, shall we?

Negative words

Sentences containing negative words like never, no, nobody, hardly, scarcely and little are followed by non-negative question tags.

  • You never let me finish a sentence, do you? (NOT …don’t you?)
  • She hardly steps out of her home, does she?
  • There is little we can do about it, is there?

It is used in question tags to refer back to nothing and everything.

  • Everything is alright, isn’t it? (NOT …isn’t everything?)

We use they in question tags to refer to nobody, somebody, everybody, no one etc.

  • Nobody came, did they?

After have

When have is used as a principal verb, question tags with both have and do are possible in British English. Do is more common in American English.

  • She has a boyfriend, hasn’t / doesn’t  she?
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