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A question tag is a type of question often found at the end of a statement. It is used to change a statement or sentences to a question when it is added. Question tag is a common device in conversation which is aimed at making a statement and at once ask the listener to confirm it.

THE RULES OF QUESTION TAG

  1. Positive statement attract negative question tags (i.e. question tags with ‘not’). Example are (a) He is early this morning isn’t he? (b) You can swim very well, can’t you?
  2. Negative statement attract positive question tags (i.e. question tags without;’ not’). Example (a) he isn’t early this morning, is he? (b) You can’t swim very well can you?
  3. The auxiliaries or helping verbs repeat themselves in the tag. Examples: (a) He has finish the work hasn’t he? (b) She will sing on Sunday, won’t she?
  4. Other verb (main or lexical) use ‘do’ in the tag. Example (a) Joseph called you yesterday didn’t he? (b) Mary and Yetunde always sing a song don’t they?
  5. The subject in the tag is always a pronoun and a reflection of the subject in the statement or sentences of which it was added. Example: (a) Kunle always smokes cigarette doesn’t he (b) You don’t care for you mother, do you?
  6. The positive forms ‘need’ and ‘dare are rarely used in the affirmative with question tags but when so used, they are treated as full or main verb. Example (a) you need to cone earlier don’t you? (b) We need to ask him don’t we?
  7. “I am” usually has the tag “aren’t “I and ”used to” has a question tag with “did”. Example (a) I am your friend aren’t I? (b) She used to take her to the poultry didn’t she?

EVALUATION: Add question tags to the following statement

  1. The president has done very well—————?
  2. Lagos isn’t a clean city———————?
  3. Taiwo should rise to the occasion—————–?
  4. He will have to work hard——————?
  5. Student who are lazy don’t pass————–?

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See also

CONSONANT CONTRAST /Z/ AND /S/

COMPOSITION (ARTICLE WRITING)

CONJUNCTION

CONTRAST /t/ and /s/

ANTONYMS – WORDS THAT ARE OPPOSITE IN MEANING

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