Class 12 English Grammar Unit 1 Question Tag Exercise
Unit 1 Grammar
A question tag is a short question that is added at the end of a statement. We use the question tag when we want to confirm our thoughts or ideas.
They are happy. aren't they? in the sentence “they are happy “ is the statement and “aren't they?”is the question tag.
Rule for Question Tag:
If the sentence is positive the question tag will be negative.
Ex,. We were planning to go on a trip, weren't we?
If the sentence is negative, question tag will be positive.
Ex,. They are not busy. are they?
Some Examples of Question Tag
You're not going to the party, are you?
- This sentence has a negative statement, so the question tag should be positive. However, the sentence is in the present continuous tense. So the tag should use "are" instead of "do". The correct question tag is "You're not going to the party, are you?"
I can't sing, can I?
- This sentence has a negative statement, so the question tag should be positive. The statement uses the auxiliary verb "can" which is a modal verb, so the correct question tag is "I can't sing, can I?"
She's never been to Paris, has she?
- This sentence has a negative statement, so the question tag should be positive.
We've finished the project, haven't we?
- This sentence has a positive statement, so the question tag should be negative. However, the sentence uses the present perfect tense, and 've is the contracted form for the verb "have". So, the correct question tag is "We've finished the project, haven't we?"
It's not too late, is it?
- The sentence uses a contraction ("it's") instead of the full form ("it is"). The correct question tag is "It's not too late, is it?"
Textbook Grammar Solution
B. Rewrite the following sentences adding appropriate question tag.
a. Gill does not know Ann, Does he?
b. I’m very patient, Aren't I?
c. They’d never met me before, had they?
d. Listen carefully, will you?
e. Let’s have a break, shall we?
f. Let us invite them, Shall we?
g. Hari used to live in France as a boy, didn't he?
h. You’d better not take a hard drink, had you?
i. Sheep eat grass, don't they?
j. Mr. Pande can speak nine languages, can't he?
k. She’s finished her classes, hasn't she?
l. She barely managed to reach the goal, did she?
m. Don’t let him swim in that pond, will you?
n. There are lots of people here, aren't there?
C. Read the following situations. What do you say in these situations? Use question tags.
a. The sky is full of clouds. You can see lightning and hear thunder.
It’s going to rain soon, isn't it?
b. You want to pay the taxi fare but you are short by 100 rupees.
Shyam, you have to lend me Rs. 100, haven't you?
c. You have met a stranger at a party and you want to have a chat with him/ her.
We can be friends, can't we?
d. You came out of the film hall with your friend. You enjoyed the film.
The film was very enjoyable, wasn't it?
e. You and your friend listened to a comedian on the stage and felt spellbound by his/her performance.
He gave an excellent presentation, didn't he?
f. You think your friend’s father has arrived from the US but you are not sure.
Your father has not arrived from the US, has he?
g. You think Susan will join the new job tomorrow but you are not sure.
Susan will go to her new job tomorrow, won't she?
h. Your friend’s hair looks too short.
You have got too short hair, haven't you?
i. You want to go for a picnic with your friends in class.
Let’s go for a picnic, shall we?
j. You want permission from your father to go for a walk.
Let me go for an evening walk, will you?
How to use Tag Question in Real Life?
Take your question tag skills to the next level with these tips! Match the form of the tag to the tense and auxiliary verb, use rising intonation, pay attention to polarity, and be mindful of context. Positive statement? Use a negative tag. And don't be afraid to get creative - a positive tag after a negative statement can add sarcasm or disbelief. With these tips, you'll be slaying those tags like a pro!
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