Question tags

Question tags consist of two parts – a main sentence and a tag. The tag consists of the corresponding auxiliary verb and a personal pronoun. If the verb in the main sentence is positive, the auxiliary in the tag is negative and vice versa.


He is a student, isn’t he?

Mary works as a doctor, doesn’t she?

He didn’t come on time, did he?

Martin was in the park yesterday, wasn’t he?

If the main sentence contains a modal verb, we use the same one in the tag.


They can speak German, can’t they?


I am a teacher, aren’t I?

Let’s go to the cinema, shall we?

Open the door, will you/won’t you?

Don’t open the door, will you?

There is a book in the bag, isn’t there?

Everybody speaks English, don’t they?

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