MULTIMEDIA-ENGLISH

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

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]