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What is a tag question?
A tag question is a statement followed by a small-question. We use tag questions to ask for confirmation. In a tag question a statement is made and a question is asked after that.
For an example-
a) You are busy, Arent’t you?
b) Pinnacle is the best institute for preparing for government jobs, isn’t it?

Four basic rules have to be kept in mind while making question tags-

1 The sentence and the question tag will be in the same tense.
2 If the sentence is an affirmative sentence, the question tag will be negative.
If the sentence is a negative sentence the question tag will be positive.
3 The pronoun is always used in the question tag.
4 In negative question tags we use the contracted form of the helping verb and not Eg- Hasn’t , couldn’t etc.

Rules & Explanations along with Application / Examples.

RULE 1. In affirmative sentence the Tag question will be negative.
Examples -a. A good student always works hard, doesn’t he?
b. A teacher goes to school daily, doesn’t he?
c. Madhu plucks flowers, doesn’t she?
d.You appeared at the SSC examination, didn’t you?
e. Helmet makes driving safe, isn’t it?

RULE 2. In Negative Sentence the Tag question will be Positive.
Examples - a. All the children were not present, were they?
b. Everybody cannot be clever, can they?

RULE 3. For sentences having modal Auxiliary (can, could, will, would, may, might, must, shall, should, ought to, need, would rather, had better, dare) Tags will be shalln’t, shan’t, will not, won’t, can’t etc depending on whet ether positive or negative is needed.
Examples a. A healthy body can achieve the impossible, can’t it?
b. A student must be regular in studies, musn’t he?
c. Everybody cannot drive, can they?
d. Everbody should wear a seat belt while driving, shouldn’t they?
e. Water animals can breathe under water, can’t they?

RULE 4. Everybody, everyone , no one, no body are singular. So we use a singular verb and singular pronoun with them. But in the question tag a plural verb and a plural pronoun will be used.
Examples – a. Everybody has to pay his own bill, Haven’t they?
b. None of your friends has arrived yet, Have they?

RULE 5. For Affirmative Imperative sentence we use will you or won’t you in the question tag.
Examples –a. Be assured of all co-operation, will you?
b. Switch on the cooler, will you?
c. Please give me the documents, wont you?
d. Kindly take a seat, will you?

RULE 6. For Negative Imperative sentence we use will you as the question tag.
Examples –a. Don’t touch the wire, will you?
b. Don’t litter here, will you?
c. Don’t make a noise in the class, will you?

RULE 7. For Imperative sentences beginning with let us , when a suggestion or proposal is being made the question tag will be shall we.
Examples –a. Let us go for a movie ,shall we?
b. Let us help her to complete the work , shall we?
c. Let us go to meet her, shall we?

RULE 8. For Imperative sentences beginning with let but not followed by us, the question tag will be will you.
Examples –a. Let Madhu go, will you?
b. Let them do their homework, will you?
c.Let the labourer go, will you?

RULE 9. For imperative sentences having nothing, anything, everything, something as the subject the question tag will have it as the pronoun.
Examples –a. Everything has gone bad today, hasn’t it?
b. Everything is clear, isn’t it?
c. Nothing can revive this worse situation, can it?
d. Nothing comes from nothing, does it?

RULE 10. If any sentence has used to in it then the question tag will be usedn’t/didn’t.
Examples – a. He used to come here,usedn’t he?
b. He used to play the casio very well,didn’t he?

RULE 11. Never, no, nobody, hardly, seldom, scarcely, few, little, not ,none ,rarely etc. are negative words. So the question tag will not be negative.
Examples – a. A barking dog seldom bites, does it?
b. My son never stands still, does it?
c. He hardly came here, did he?
d. He hardly does his duties, does he?

RULE 12. In exclamatory sentences the question tag will contain the auxiliary verbs.
Examples – a. How beautiful the garden is, isn’t it?
b. How big the slide is, isn’t it?
c. How nicely the bird sings, isn’t it?

RULE 13. Moon, earth, river, motherland, country, ship, train are treated as feminine gender. In the tag question the Pronoun used will be “she”.
Examples – a) The Titanic was thought to be unsinkable, wasn’t she?
b) India has never attacked any country, has she?

RULE 14. There is no contracted form of am not. So in question tags aren’t is used.
Examples - a. I am a little late today, aren’t I?
b. I am confident, aren’t I?
Note : But if the question tag to be used is not in contracted form then ‘Am I’ can be used.
Examples - a. I am late today, Am I?
b. I am not busy, Am I?

RULE 15. If the subject of a sentence is there/one/this/that/these/those then the question tag will contain there/one/this etc as the pronoun.
Examples - a. There is a book on the table, Isn’t there?
b. One cannot find a solution to this problem, Can one?

RULE 16. Collective nouns are used in singular forms so the question tag will have a singular verb and a singular pronoun.
Examples - a. The class has selected its monitor, hasn’t it?
b. The team has played very well, hasn’t it?

But if the collective noun is not treated as one unit, we use the plural verb and the plural pronoun.
Example - The team have to arrange for their own shoes, haven’t they?

Fill in the blanks with the correct question tag.

Q1. It'll rain soon, ………………………..

(A) won't it

(B) bought it

(C) isn’t it

(D) may it

Q2. They needn’t worry ………………………..?

(A) isn’t it

(B) doesn’t it

(C) don’t it

(D) need they

Q3. None of the food was wasted ,…………………….?


(B) was it

(C) weren’t

(D) were it

Q4. The hotel was not too expensive …………………………..

(A)was it?

(B) wasn’t it?

(C) is it ?

(D) isn’t it?

Q5. Your father used to be the principal of this college, ……………………………

(A)did he?

(B) does he ?

(C) didn't he?

(D) doesn’t he?

Q6. I am very happy today,………………

(A) Arent’t I

(B) Are I

(C) Am I

(D) Are not I

Q7. They fought bravely for the freedom of the country………………..

(A) did not they

(B) don’t they

(C) didn’t they

(D) does he

Q8. The mob has killed the thief,………………………..

(A) haven’t it

(B) hasn’t it

(C) has it

(D) isn’t it

Q9. Somebody has paid the bill for you……………………

(A) haven’t they

(B) is it

(C) Have they

(D) Haven’t they

Q10. I didn’t go for the classes yesterday ,………………………..

(A) didn’t I

(B) did I

(C) Do I

(D) Isn’t it