Question tags are mainly associated with spoken English but you won’t also go wrong using them for written communication.
A question tag, according to the Collins Dictionary, is “a question tag is a very short clause at the end of a statement which changes the statement into a question.”
Examples of question tag (in CAP):
How do you use question tags? What are the rules governing question tags?
Usually, a positive statement is followed by a negative question tag. That means if the statement is in a positive form, the tag should be negative.
On the flip side, whenever there is a negative statement, the question tag would be positive.
Also, you can use ‘does’ and ‘do’ as the question tag when the verb in the main statement is in simple present tense.
Note that in positive statements, the question tags are in contracted form or shortened form like AREN’T, SHOULDN’T, CAN’T, WOULDN’T etc.
Some words like neither, no, none, seldom, barely, among others, are tagged as negative statements and thus should be followed by positive question tags.
In addition for every question tag, whether positive or negative, you are expected to begin your response with ‘NO’ or ‘YES’.
Examples of such question tags:
You’ve got the drift on question tags, don’t you? Or have you got other examples of question tags?
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