Learn how to make and use question tags

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How to make and use question tags in spoken and written English

Introduction

Question tags are very important in our spoken and written English. Using a correct tag question is a very handy skill. Every English speaker must have it.

But the rules for forming question tags are a bit complicated and confusing. So we will see all the details like what is question tag, rules for making a question tag, and exceptions for the rules.

So here we will see all the details related to framing correct question tags.

What is a question tag?

When we make affirmative or negative sentences and ask a short question to the listener for a positive or negative response, we make a question tag using a helping(Auxiliary) verb and suitable pronoun.

Examples-

1)He is a good student, isn’t he?

Here isn’t he is a question tag

2)They were busy, weren’t they?

3)John will come soon, won’t he?

These are some of the examples to give you a basic idea of what is question tag.

How to write question tag correctly

Sometimes we tend to commit mistakes in the writing of question tag. The correct way of writing the question tag is first write the given sentence then give a comma at the end of it then write a question formed by helping verb and pronoun. If it is negative then write the short form of not as n’t such as isn’t wasn’t, can’t, won’t(Will not), haven’t, etc.

Now we will see

All the rules for making question tags in English with a detailed explanation.

Rule no.1)The question tag is prepared using helping verbs like am, is, are, was, were, have, has, had, will, shall, do, does, did, or modals like can, could, may, might, must, should, would and pronouns like I, we, you, he, she, it, they.

If there is no helping verb in the sentences such as simple present affirmative and simple past affirmative, then we use do/does/did as per the tense and subject of the sentence.

If there is no above-mentioned pronoun and there is a singular or plural noun then use he/she/it/they as per the number and gender of the subject.

I)If there is v1 in the sentence, then use do as a helping verb for forming a question tag.

Eg.1)I ask questions.

Answer-I ask questions, don’t I?

2)you sing songs, don’t you?

3)She looks tired, doesn’t she?

II) The Third example is different as we have used does as helping verb as the next rule states that if there is he/she/it/singular noun as a subject, use s/es with the main verb and when there is s/es as the suffix to the main verb in a simple present tense sentence, then use does as helping verb for making question tags.

In short, if there is v1+s/es then use does for making question tags.

Eg.1)It performs nicely, doesn’t it?

2)He runs races, doesn’t he?

3)John finds broken things, doesn’t he?

III)If there is v2(Simple past tense affirmative sentence)Then use did for making question tag.

Eg. 1)We planted many trees, didn’t we?

2)He searched everywhere, didn’t he?

3)People gathered there, didn’t they?

IV)If there is no pronoun as the subject of the sentence, then use he/she/it/they as per the number and gender of the sentence.

Eg. 1)Rita takes a decision, doesn’t she?

2)Trees give us fruits, don’t they?

3)children are playing in the garden, aren’t they?

4)It rained yesterday, didn’t it?

Rule no.2) Question tag of the affirmative sentence is negative and the question tag of the negative sentence is affirmative.

Eg. 1)He has finished his work, hasn’t he? (Affirmative sentence-negative question tag)

2)He has not finished his work, has he? (Negative sentence-affirmative question tag.

Rule no.3) Question tag of an imperative sentence is always will you

Eg. 1)Open the door, will you?

2)Don’t be anxious, will you?

3)Please help me, will you?

4)Take this with you, will you?

Rule no.4) Question tag of the sentences beginning with let’s is shall we

Eg. 1)Let’s play now, shall we?

2)Let’s do this, shall we?

3)Let’s ask, shall we?

Rule no.5)If the subject is there is or there are, use there in question tag also.

Eg. 1)There are many trees, aren’t there?

2)There is a tree, isn’t there?

Rule no.6)If the subject is this/that is/was then use IT as a pronoun.

Eg. 1)This is a good idea, isn’t it?

2)That is a nice place, isn’t it?

Rule no.7) Exceptional question tag of I am and I am not sentences.(Aren’t I and am I )

Eg. 1)I am a teacher, aren’t I?

2)I am not a teacher, am I?

Note- what is the question tag of “I am a student”

It is a very common question regarding affirmative and negative sentences’ question tags when there is I am or I am not

Simply the question tag of I am sentences should be am not I? but it is an exception and the question tag of I am affirmative sentence is aren’t I?

The question tag of I am a student is as follows.

I am a student, aren’t I?

Rule 8)Question tag of have to/ has to is mustn’t

Eg. 1)We have to ask him, mustn’t we?

2)She has to finish her project, mustn’t she?

These are some of the examples and rules for making question tags.

Now we will see some more examples of question tags in all the 12 active voice and 8 passive voice tenses.

100+ examples of question tags with answers of all active and passive voice sentences with 10 basic subjects

I)12 active voice affirmative and negative sentences with model question tags

I)Simple present tense affirmative examples of question tag Simple present tense negative examples of question tag
1)I drink water, don’t I? 1)I don’t drink water, do I?
2)We drink water, don’t we? 2)We don’t drink water, do we?
3)You(Singular) drink water, don’t you? 3)You(Singular) don’t drink water, do you?
4)You(Plural) drink water, don’t you? 4)You(Plural) don’t drink water, do you?
5)They drink water, don’t they? 5)They don’t drink water, do they?
6)Children drink water, don’t they? 6)Children don’t drink water, do they?
7)He drinks water, doesn’t he? 7)He doesn’t drink water, does he?
8)She drinks water, doesn’t she? 8)She doesn’t drink water, does she?
9) It drinks water, doesn’t it? 9) It doesn’t drink water, does it?
10)John(s,n,) drinks water, doesn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) doesn’t drink water, does he?
II) present continuous(Progressive) tense affirmative examples of question tag present continuous (Progressive) tense negative examples of question tag
1)I am drinking water, aren’t I? 1)I am not drinking water, am I?
2)We are drinking water, aren’t we? 2)We aren’t drinking water, are we?
3)You(Singular) are drinking water, aren’t you? 3)You(Singular) aren’t drinking water, are you?
4)You(Plural) are drinking water, aren’t you? 4)You(Plural) aren’t drinking water, are you?
5)They are drinking water, aren’t they? 5)They aren’t drinking water, are they?
6)Children are drinking water, aren’t they? 6)Children aren’t drinking water, are they?
7)He is drinking water, isn’t he? 7)He isn’t drinking water, is he?
8)She is drinking water, isn’t she? 8)She isn’t drinking water, is she?
9) It is drinking water, isn’t it? 9) It isn’t drinking water, is it?
10)John(s,n,) is drinking water, isn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) isn’t drinking water, is he?
III) present perfect tense affirmative examples of question tag present perfect tense negative examples of question tag
1)I have drunk water, haven’t I? 1)I haven’t drunk water, have I?
2)We have drunk water, haven’t we? 2)We haven’t drunk water, have we?
3)You(Singular) have drunk water, haven’t you? 3)You(Singular) haven’t drunk water, have you?
4)You(Plural) have drunk water, haven’t you? 4)You(Plural) haven’t drunk water, have you?
5)They have drunk water, haven’t they? 5)They haven’t drunk water, have they?
6)Children have drunk water, haven’t they? 6)Children haven’t drunk water, have they?
7)He has drunk water, hasn’t he? 7)He hasn’t drunk water, has he?
8)She has drunk water, hasn’t she? 8)She hasn’t drunk water, has she?
9) It has drunk water, hasn’t it? 9) It hasn’t drunk water, has it?
10)John(s,n,) has drunk water, hasn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) hasn’t drunk water, has he?
IV) present perfect continuous (Progressive) tense affirmative examples of question tag present perfect continuous (Progressive) tense negative examples of question tag
1)I have been drinking water, haven’t I? 1)I have not been drinking water, have I?
2)We have been drinking water, haven’t we? 2)We have not been drinking water, have we?
3)You(Singular) have been drinking water, haven’t you? 3)You(Singular) have not been drinking water, have you?
4)You(Plural) have been drinking water, haven’t you? 4)You(Plural) have been drinking water, have you?
5)They have been drinking water, haven’t they? 5)They have been drinking water, have they?
6)Children have been drinking water, haven’t they? 6)Children have not been drinking water, have they?
7)He has been drinking water, hasn’t he? 7)He has not been drinking water, has he?
8)She has been drinking water, hasn’t she? 8)She has not been drinking water, has she?
9) It has been drinking water, hasn’t it? 9) It has not been drinking water, has it?
10)John(s,n,) has been drinking water, hasn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) has not been drinking water, has he?
V)Simple past tense affirmative examples of question tag Simple past tense negative examples of question tag
1)I drank water, didn’t I? 1)I didn’t drink water, did I?
2)We drank water, didn’t we? 2)We didn’t drink water, did we?
3)You(Singular) drank water, didn’t you? 3)You(Singular) didn’t drink water, did you?
4)You(Plural) drank water, didn’t you? 4)You(Plural) didn’t drink water, did you?
5)They drank water, didn’t they? 5)They didn’t drink water, did they?
6)Children drank water, didn’t they? 6)Children didn’t drink water, did they?
7)He drank water, didn’t he? 7)He didn’t drink water, did he?
8)She drank water, didn’t she? 8)She didn’t drink water, did she?
9) It drank water, didn’t it? 9) It didn’t drink water, did it?
10)John(s,n,) drank water, didn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) didn’t drink water, did he?
VI) past continuous (Progressive) tense affirmative examples of question tag past continuous (Progressive) tense negative examples of question tag
1)I was drinking water, wasn’t I? 1)I am not drinking water, am I?
2)We were drinking water, weren’t we? 2)We aren’t drinking water, are we?
3)You(Singular) were drinking water, weren’t you? 3)You(Singular) aren’t drinking water, are you?
4)You(Plural) were drinking water, weren’t you? 4)You(Plural) aren’t drinking water, are you?
5)They were drinking water, weren’t they? 5)They aren’t drinking water, are they?
6)Children were drinking water, weren’t they? 6)Children aren’t drinking water, are they?
7)He was drinking water, wasn’t he? 7)He isn’t drinking water, is he?
8)She was drinking water, wasn’t she? 8)She isn’t drinking water, is she?
9) It is drinking water, isn’t it? 9) It isn’t drinking water, is it?
10)John(s,n,) is drinking water, isn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) isn’t drinking water, is he?
VII) past perfect tense affirmative examples of question tag past perfect tense negative examples of question tag
1)I had drunk water, hadn’t I? 1)I hadn’t drunk water, had I?
2)We had drunk water, hadn’t we? 2)We hadn’t drunk water, had we?
3)You(Singular) had drunk water, hadn’t you? 3)You(Singular) hadn’t drunk water, had you?
4)You(Plural) had drunk water, hadn’t you? 4)You(Plural) hadn’t drunk water, had you?
5)They had drunk water, hadn’t they? 5)They hadn’t drunk water, had they?
6)Children had drunk water, hadn’t they? 6)Children hadn’t drunk water, had they?
7)He had drunk water, hadn’t he? 7)He hadn’t drunk water, had he?
8)She had drunk water, hadn’t she? 8)She hadn’t drunk water, had she?
9) It had drunk water, hadn’t it? 9) It hadn’t drunk water, had it?
10)John(s,n,) had drunk water, hadn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) hadn’t drunk water, had he?
VIII) past perfect continuous (Progressive) tense affirmative examples of question tag past perfect continuous (Progressive) tense negative examples of question tag
1)I had been drinking water, hadn’t I? 1)I had not been drinking water, had I?
2)We had been drinking water, hadn’t we? 2)We had not been drinking water, had we?
3)You(Singular) had been drinking water, hadn’t you? 3)You(Singular) had not been drinking water, had you?
4)You(Plural) had been drinking water, hadn’t you? 4)You(Plural) had been drinking water, had you?
5)They had been drinking water, hadn’t they? 5)They had been drinking water, had they?
6)Children had been drinking water, hadn’t they? 6)Children had not been drinking water, had they?
7)He had been drinking water, hadn’t he? 7)He had not been drinking water, had he?
8)She had been drinking water, hadn’t she? 8)She had not been drinking water, had she?
9) It had been drinking water, hadn’t it? 9) It had not been drinking water, had it?
10)John(s,n,) had been drinking water, hadn’t he? 10)John(s,n,) had not been drinking water, had he?
IX)Simple future tense affirmative examples of question tag Simple future tense negative examples of question tag
1)I will drink water, won’t I?(short form of will not) 1)I won’t drink water, will I?
2)We will drink water, won’t we? 2)We won’t drink water, will we?
3)You(Singular) will drink water, won’t you? 3)You(Singular) won’t drink water, will you?
4)You(Plural) will drink water, won’t you? 4)You(Plural) won’t drink water, will you?
5)They will drink water, won’t they? 5)They won’t drink water, will they?
6)Children will drink water, won’t they? 6)Children won’t drink water, will they?
7)He will drink water, won’t he? 7)He won’t drink water, will he?
8)She will drink water, won’t she? 8)She won’t drink water, will she?
9) It will drink water, won’t it? 9) It won’t drink water, will it?
10)John(s,n,) will drink water, won’t he? 10)John(s,n,) won’t drink water, will he?
X) future continuous(Progressive) tense affirmative examples of question tag future continuous (Progressive) tense negative examples of question tag
1)I will be drinking water, won’t I? 1)I will not be drinking water, will I?
2)We will be drinking water, won’t we? 2)We will not be drinking water, will we?
3)You(Singular) will be drinking water, won’t you? 3)You(Singular) will not be drinking water, will you?
4)You(Plural) will be drinking water, won’t you? 4)You(Plural) will not be drinking water, will you?
5)They will be drinking water, won’t they? 5)They will not be drinking water, will they?
6)Children will be drinking water, won’t they? 6)Children will not be drinking water, will they?
7)He will be drinking water, won’t he? 7)He will not be drinking water, will he?
8)She will be drinking water, won’t she? 8)She will not be drinking water, will she?
9) It will be drinking water, won’t it? 9) It will not be drinking water, will it?
10)John(s,n,) will be drinking water, won’t he? 10)John(s,n,) will not be drinking water, will he?
XI) future perfect tense affirmative examples of question tag future perfect tense negative examples of question tag
1)I will have drunk water, won’t I? 1)I will not have drunk water, will I?
2)We will have drunk water, won’t we? 2)We will not have drunk water, will we?
3)You(Singular) will have drunk water, won’t you? 3)You(Singular) will have drunk water, will you?
4)You(Plural) will have drunk water, won’t you? 4)You(Plural) will not have drunk water, will you?
5)They will have drunk water, won’t they? 5)They will not have drunk water, will they?
6)Children will have drunk water, won’t they? 6)Children will not have drunk water, will they?
7)He will have drunk water, won’t he? 7)He will not have drunk water, will he?
8)She will have drunk water, won’t she? 8)She will not have drunk water, will she?
9) It will have drunk water, won’t it? 9) It will not have drunk water, will it?
10)John(s,n,) will have drunk water, won’t he? 10)John(s,n,) will not have drunk water, will he?
XII) future perfect continuous (Progressive) tense affirmative examples of question tag futures perfect continuous (Progressive) tense negative examples of question tag
1)I will have been drinking water, won’t I? 1)I will not have been drinking water, will I?
2)We will have been drinking water, won’t we? 2)We will not have been drinking water, will we?
3)You (Singular) will have been drinking water, won’t you? 3)You (Singular) will not have been drinking water, will you?
4)You (Plural) will have been drinking water, won’t you? 4)You (Plural) will not have been drinking water, will you?
5)They will have been drinking water, won’t they? 5)They will not have been drinking water, will they?
6)Children will have been drinking water, won’t they? 6)Children will not have been drinking water, will they?
7)He will have been drinking water, won’t he? 7)He will not have not been drinking water, will he?
8)She will have been drinking water, won’t she? 8)She will not have been drinking water, will she?
9) It will have been drinking water, won’t it? 9) It will not have been drinking water, will it?
10)John(s,n,) will have been drinking water, won’t he? 10)John(s,n,) will not have been drinking water, will he?

II)8 passive voice tense sentences with model question tags with 10 basic subjects.

I)Simple present tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag Simple present tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water is drunk by me, isn’t it? 1) Water is not drunk by me, is it?
2) Water is drunk by us, isn’t it? 2) Water is not drunk by us, is it?
3) Water is drunk by you, isn’t it?? 3) Water is not drunk by you(singular), is it?
4) Water is drunk by you, isn’t it? 4) Water is not drunk by you(plural), is it?
5) Water is drunk by them, isn’t it? 5) Water is not drunk by them, is it?
6) Water is drunk by children, isn’t it? 6) Water is not drunk by children, is it?
7)Water is drunk by him, isn’t it? 7) Water is not drunk by him, is it?
8) Water is drunk by her, isn’t it? 8) Water is not drunk by her, is it?
9) Water is drunk by it, isn’t it? 9) Water is not drunk by it, is it?
10) Water is drunk by John, isn’t it? 10) Water is not drunk by John, is it?
II) present continuous (Progressive) tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag present continuous (Progressive) tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water is being drunk by me, isn’t it? 1) Water is not being drunk by me, is it?
2) Water is being drunk by us, isn’t it? 2) Water is not being drunk by us, is it?
3) Water is being drunk by you, isn’t it?? 3) Water is not being drunk by you(singular), is it?
4) Water is being drunk by you, isn’t it? 4) Water is not being drunk by you(plural), is it?
5) Water is being drunk by them, isn’t it? 5) Water is not being drunk by them, is it?
6) Water is being drunk by children, isn’t it? 6) Water is not being drunk by children, is it?
7)Water is being drunk by him, isn’t it? 7) Water is not being drunk by him, is it?
8) Water is being drunk by her, isn’t it? 8) Water is not being drunk by her, is it?
9) Water is being drunk by it, isn’t it? 9) Water is not being drunk by it, is it?
10) Water is being drunk by John, isn’t it? 10) Water is not being drunk by John, is it?
III) present perfect tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag present perfect tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water has been drunk by me, hasn’t it? 1) Water has not been drunk by me, has it?
2) Water has been drunk by us, hasn’t it? 2) Water has not been drunk by us, has it?
3) Water has been drunk by you, hasn’t it?? 3) Water has not been drunk by you(singular), has it?
4) Water has been drunk by you, hasn’t it? 4) Water has not been drunk by you(plural), has it?
5) Water has been drunk by them, hasn’t it? 5) Water has not been drunk by them, has it?
6) Water has been drunk by children, hasn’t it? 6) Water has not been drunk by children, has it?
7)Water has been drunk by him, hasn’t it? 7) Water has not been drunk by him, has it?
8) Water has been drunk by her, hasn’t it? 8) Water has not been drunk by her, has it?
9) Water has been drunk by it, hasn’t it? 9) Water has not been drunk by it, has it?
10) Water has been drunk by John, hasn’t it? 10) Water has not been drunk by John, has it?
IV)Simple past tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag Simple past tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water was drunk by me, wasn’t it? 1) Water was not drunk by me, was it?
2) Water was drunk by us, wasn’t it? 2) Water was not drunk by us, was it?
3) Water was drunk by you, wasn’t it?? 3) Water was not drunk by you(singular), was it?
4) Water was drunk by you, wasn’t it? 4) Water was not drunk by you(plural), was it?
5) Water was drunk by them, wasn’t it? 5) Water was not drunk by them, was it?
6) Water was drunk by children, wasn’t it? 6) Water was not drunk by children, was it?
7)Water was drunk by him, wasn’t it? 7) Water was not drunk by him, was it?
8) Water was drunk by her, wasn’t it? 8) Water was not drunk by her, was it?
9) Water was drunk by it, wasn’t it? 9) Water was not drunk by it, was it?
10) Water was drunk by John, wasn’t it? 10) Water was not drunk by John, was it?
VI) past perfect tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag past perfect tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water had been drunk by me, hadn’t it? 1) Water had not been drunk by me, had it?
2) Water had been drunk by us, hadn’t it? 2) Water had not been drunk by us, had it?
3) Water had been drunk by you, hadn’t it?? 3) Water had not been drunk by you(singular), had it?
4) Water had been drunk by you, hadn’t it? 4) Water had not been drunk by you(plural), had it?
5) Water had been drunk by them, hadn’t it? 5) Water had not been drunk by them, had it?
6) Water had been drunk by children, hadn’t it? 6) Water had not been drunk by children, had it?
7)Water had been drunk by him, hadn’t it? 7) Water had not been drunk by him, had it?
8) Water had been drunk by her, hadn’t it? 8) Water had not been drunk by her, had it?
9) Water had been drunk by it, hadn’t it? 9) Water had not been drunk by it, had it?
10) Water had been drunk by John, hadn’t it? 10) Water had not been drunk by John, had it?
VII)Simple future tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag Simple future tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water will be drunk by me, won’t it? 1) Water will not be drunk by me, will it?
2) Water will be drunk by us, won’t it? 2) Water will not be drunk by us, will it?
3) Water will be drunk by you, won’t it?? 3) Water will not be drunk by you(singular), will it?
4) Water will be drunk by you, won’t it? 4) Water will not be drunk by you(plural), will it?
5) Water will be drunk by them, won’t it? 5) Water will not be drunk by them, will it?
6) Water will be drunk by children, won’t it? 6) Water will not be drunk by children, will it?
7)Water will be drunk by him, won’t it? 7) Water will not be drunk by him, will it?
8) Water will be drunk by her, won’t it? 8) Water will not be drunk by her, will it?
9) Water will be drunk by it, won’t it? 9) Water will not be drunk by it, will it?
10) Water will be drunk by John, won’t it? 10) Water will not be drunk by John, will it?
VIII) Future perfect tense passive voice affirmative examples of question tag Future perfect tense negative passive voice examples of question tag
1)Water will have been drunk by me, won’t it? 1) Water will not have been drunk by me, will it?
2) Water will have been drunk by us, won’t it? 2) Water will not have been drunk by us, will it?
3) Water will have been drunk by you, won’t it?? 3) Water will not have been drunk by you(singular), will it?
4) Water will have been drunk by you, won’t it? 4) Water will not have been drunk by you(plural), will it?
5) Water will have been drunk by them, won’t it? 5) Water will not have been drunk by them, will it?
6) Water will have been drunk by children, won’t it? 6) Water will not have been drunk by children, will it?
7)Water will have been drunk by him, won’t it? 7) Water will not have been drunk by him, will it?
8) Water will have been drunk by her, won’t it? 8) Water will not have been drunk by her, will it?
9) Water will have been drunk by it, won’t it? 9) Water will not have been drunk by it, will it?
10) Water will have been drunk by John, won’t it? 10) Water will not have been drunk by John, will it?

Question tags of modal auxiliary verbs

1)I can do this, can’t I?

2)We could learn that thing, couldn’t we?

3)I should go, shouldn’t I ?

4)You might know this, mightn’t you?

5)They must help you, mustn’t they?

6)He should sit here, shouldn’t he?

7)She would play football, wouldn’t she?

8)I have to do this, mustn’t I?

Conclusion for question tags-

We have seen here how to frame or make or prepare question tags of various sentences. Really it is a very helpful skill to make our speech effective.

We make question tags using helping verbs and pronouns. Question tags of affirmative sentences are negative and we make affirmative question tag of negative sentences.

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