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Question Tags: special cases

Question Tags: special cases
Activity Fill in the Gaps
Activity Fill in the Gaps
Practise making question tags with an emphasis on special cases.
 

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Instructions

Write the suitable words inside the gaps to complete the sentence with the correct question tag. Use the -TAB- key on your computer keyboard to move from one box to the next.
 

GENERAL RULE


Question tags always use a special verb
The subject is always a pronoun, and it is inverted (because it is a question, of course)
Affirmative sentences add a negative question tag and negative sentences add an affirmative question tag

 


SPECIAL CASES


I AM

The negative question tag "am I not" has no contraction. Because a question tag with no contraction sounds very pedantic, we prefer a very ungrammatical constraction but which is correct for question tags: "aren't I?"

- I'm late, aren't I?
- I'm talking to the walls, aren't I?
 
SUGGESTIONS

After a sentence with Let's... we use "shall we?"
 
- Let's go out for a walk, shall we?
- Let's study tomorrow morning, shall we?

IMPERATIVES & INVITATIONS

After an imperative we use "will you?" (always affirmative). We can consider "will you?" as an equivalent to "please" (more or less)
 
- Open the door, will you?
- Don't smoke in this room, will you?
- Come to my party, will you?
- Have a coffee, will you?
- Don't look at me like that, will you?

If there are two verbs in the sentence, the question tag may refer to one or the other, you must use your common sense here:

- I think you're John, aren't you? (= are you John?)
- I think you're John, don't I (= do I think...?)  [this would be correct but very rare]

Items

Gapped text
I think I am your teacher, ________________?
Doctor, I'm very ill, ________________?
I am out of the game, ________________?
Well, I think I'm wrong, ________________?
I'm not doing it correctly, ________?
I'm not participating in that meeting, ________?
Let's go to the cinema tonight, ________________?
Let's stay at home and watch TV, ________________?
Let's go and help him, ________________?
Come here, ________________?
Close that window, ________________?
Do me a favour, ________________? Give this parcel to your sister.
Shut up, ________________?
When you go to the shop remember to get some sugar too. Don't forget, ________________?
Please, come for dinner tonight, ________________? I'd love to talk to you.
Have another cup of tea, ________________? I know you like it.
She's not talking to Peter, ____________?
We can stay here for a while, ________________?
The doctor hasn't arrived yet, ____________?
You've got three sisters, ______________________?
He'll come here first, ________________?
I've never been in your house, ____________?
You never listen, ____________?
Ronny lives near the sea, ____________________?
David has never been to Salamanca, ____________?
I think you'd like to buy this one, ________________________?
You probably should call her, __________________________?
There's a house on that hill, ______________________?
There was a man at the party in a red jacket, ________________________?
Mike must look after her little sister, ____________________?
Total number of items: 30

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