Tag Questions

A tag question consists of two parts: a statement and a shortened yes/no question that refers to it and asks if the first statement is true. The two parts are separated by a comma.

  • When the main sentence is positive, the tag is negative. When the main sentence is negative, the tag is positive.
  • The noun in the first part becomes a pronoun in the tag
  • The second part (the tag) consists of a verb and pronoun only. A question tag repeats the helping verb of the main sentence.

For example:

  • John isn't coming here, is he?
  • George didn't know you, did he?
  • David was watching a movie, wasn't he?
  • The children won't go on vacation, will they?
  • Joe has gone home, hasn't he?
  • Your parents have been to Europe, haven't they?
  • She can drive, can't she?
  • If the main verb is "to be", the question tag repeats it.

For example:

  • This is your dog, isn't it?
  • That wasn't your mom, was it?
  • These movies are wonderful, aren't they?

Pay attention!

If there is no helping word in the main sentence, we use do, does or did in the tag question.

For example:

  • They go to school by bus, don't they?
  • They escaped immediately, didn't they?
  • He comes here every day, doesn't he?
  • They went to America, didn't they?


  •  After suggestions with "let's" and after offers, we use a tag with 'shall' (mainly in British English).

For example:

  • Let's dance, shall we?
  • I'll turn on the T.V, shall I?
  • After the imperative, we use a tag with 'will'.
  • For example,
  • Get the newspaper, will you?