Have you ever noticed that in Spanish we normally place a mini-question at the end of every sentence in order to confirm the information we´ve just said? Well, those mini-questions are called Question Tags in English language.
The grammar strcture of the Question Tags depends on the tense of the main sentence, but… don´t panic! In this blog we are going to explain you how to use them in the simplest way possible:
The main rule you need to know in order not to make mistakes when making Quention Tags is this:
If the main part of the sentence is positive, the question tag is negative.
- With auxiliary verbs: The question tag uses the same verb as the main part of the sentence. Ex:
- You are studying a lot, aren´t you?
- She hasn´t got the answer, has she?
- Yo don´t want to eat that ice-cream, do you?
- I am very beautiful, aren´t I? *
“Aren’t I?” is commonly used and very acceptable in informal language. “Am I not?” is grammatical, but extremely formal, so in most contexts, “aren’t I?” is the preferred choice.
- Without auxiliary verbs: If the main part of the sentence doesn’t have an auxiliary verb, thequestion tag uses an appropriate form of ‘do’. Ex:
- She drinks alcohol, doesn´t she?
- I told you that, didn´t ?
- With modal verbs: If there is a modal verb in the mail part of the sentence, the question tag uses the same modal verb.
- You cannot swim, can you?
- You will end up buying it, won´t you?
If you want to know more about other grammar issues, visit our blogs on this subject.