Lesson 4 - Work
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- How to form tag questions
- "Find the Mistake" review activity
Tag questions are questions that are used to confirm what you think is true.
You speak Spanish, don't you?
(I think you speak Spanish but I'm asking to confirm that this is true.)
To form a tag question you begin with the statement that you think is true ("You speak Spanish" in the example above). The tag (the part at the end that makes it a question) is formed by using an auxiliary verb in the negative if the statement was affirmative or an auxiliary verb in the affirmative if the statement was negative. See the examples in the chart below.
(The auxiliary verb in the tag is negative.)
(The auxiliary verb in the tag is affirmative.)
|You're a student, aren't you?||You aren't a student, are you?|
|He's tired, isn't he?||He isn't tired, is he?|
|You speak Spanish, don't you?||You don't speak Spanish, do you?|
|He swims, doesn't he?||He doesn't swim, does he?|
|He went to school, didn't he?||He didn't go to school, did he?|
|You have finished, haven't you?||You haven't finished, have you?|
|He has left, hasn't he?||He hasn't left, has he?|
|She will cook, won't she?||She won't cook, will she?|
*The only one that doesn't follow the pattern above is the affirmative form of "am". The negative, however, does follow the pattern. See the examples below.
I'm tall, aren't I?
I'm not tall, am I?
Select the correct tag for each statement.
Write the tag in the space.
She is a doctor,
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