Tag Questions

You speak English, don't you?

A tag question is a special construction in English. It is a statement followed by a mini-question. We use tag questions to ask for confirmation. They mean something like: "Is that right?" or "Do you agree?" They are very common in English.

The basic structure of a tag question is:

positive statement negative tag
Snow is white, isn't it?
negative statement positive tag
You don't like me, do you?

Notice that the tag repeats the auxiliary verb (or main verb when be) from the statement and changes it to negative or positive.

In this lesson we look at positive and negative tag questions, answering tag questions, special cases and mixed examples. Finally a quiz will check your understanding:

Positive statement tag questions

Negative statement tag questions

Answering tag questions

Tag question special cases

Mixed tag questions

Tag questions quiz