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Tag questions

Tag questions can be interpreted in two different ways. The real meaning depends upon the intonation.

Study the following sentence.

You will do it, wonít you?

This can be said in two ways. If you say it with the voice falling on do it and wonít you, it means ĎI am sure, you will do it.í But if you say it with the voice rising on wonít you?, it becomes a query. It means: ĎI think you will do it Ė but I am not quite sure Ė please tell me if I am wrong.í

Add tag questions to the following statements.

1. He will come today.

2. You wonít disappoint us.

3. The train is arriving on time.

4. It is worth the trouble.

5. James gave you a cheque.

6. He likes fish.

7. Letís have a party.

8. There is something wrong.

9. Nothing can happen.

10. Nobody phoned.


1. He will come today, wonít he?

2. You wonít disappoint us, will you?

3. The train is arriving on time, isnít it?

4. It is worth the trouble, isnít it?

5. James gave you a cheque, didnít he?

6. He likes fish, doesnít he?

7. Letís have a party, shall we?

8. There is something wrong, isnít there?

9. Nothing can happen, can it?

10. Nobody phoned, did they?

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See Also
Common errors with verbs # 1
Common errors with verbs # 2
Common errors with verbs # 3
Common errors with verbs # 4
Common mistakes with pronouns - Part 2
Common errors with adjectives - part 1
Common errors with adjectives - part 2


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