Question tags (Tail questions)
|Positive sentence||Negative tag|
|You are fond of adventure films,||aren’t you?|
|I’m appropriately dressed,||aren’t I?|
|They like sitting in the first row,||don’t they?|
|You can find trailers on the internet,||can’t you?|
|You could lend me the soundtrack,||couldn’t you?|
|They have read the review,||haven’t they?|
|You will buy the tickets,||won’t you?|
|It was directed by Spielberg,||wasn’t it?|
|He watched the movie with subtitles,||didn’t he?|
|She would go to the concert,||wouldn’t she?|
With “I am” we use “aren’t I” or “am I not”.
|Negative sentence||Positive tag|
|You aren’t fond of adventure films,||are you?|
|I’m not appropriately dressed,||am I?|
|They don’t like sitting in the first row,||do they?|
|You can’t find trailers on the internet,||can you?|
|You couldn’t lend me the soundtrack,||could you?|
|They haven’t read the review,||have they?|
|You won’t buy the tickets,||will you?|
|It wasn’t directed by Spielberg,||was it?|
|He didn’t watch the movie with subtitles,||did he?|
|She wouldn’t go to the concert,||would she?|
If we have a real question and we expect an answer the intonation of the question tag goes up.
→ ↓ → ↑
I don’t remember what you said. You have seen that movie, haven’t you?
If we are sure and we don’t expect an answer but agreement the intonation goes down.
→ ↓ → ↓
You know who the murderer is. You have seen this movie, haven’t you?