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tag question in British English

John Algeo

tag question in British English

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by John Algeo

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Published by John Benjamins in Amsterdam .
Written in English


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Offprint from English world-wide, 9, 2.

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Open LibraryOL13934302M

  To form the two-word tag questions, you must follow the rules below: The subject in the statement matches the subject in the tag. The auxiliary verb or verb to be in the statement matches the verb used in the tag.; If the statement is positive, the tag is usually negative and vice versa.; Examples. Tag questions. Tag questions (or question tags) turn a statement into a question. They are often used for checking information that we think we know is true. Tag questions are made using an auxiliary verb (for example: be or have) and a subject pronoun (for example: I, you, she).

Your mouth is burning, your eyes are watering and you're sweating but some people love it! Watch this video about chillies and find out why they are spicy for us, but a bird can eat them just fine.   A tag question is a special construction in English. It is a statement followed by a mini-question. The whole sentence is a “tag question”, and the mini-question at .

We form question tags by using the same auxiliary which appears in the main statement, together with a subject pronoun. You’ve seen this film before, haven’t you? She can’t swim, can she? If there is no auxiliary verb or be in the statement, we use do, does, did in the question tag. He likes the sound of his own voice, doesn’t he? Tag questions in English are special endings to statements that we can use to check are also a great strategy to keep a conversation going. To make a tag question, we start with a statement we think is true. For example.


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Tag question in British English by John Algeo Download PDF EPUB FB2

Hello Sariyya, When the main clause contains an affirmative verb, the tag question is normally negative. Thus, in the first example we have will come and so in the tag we have won't they.

In the second example, we still have will come but there is a negative verb introducing it (don't think) and this means that we use an affirmative form in the tag (will they). The term "question tag" is generally preferred by British grammarians, while their American counterparts prefer "tag question".

If a British person uses the term "question tag", does it refer to the American term "tag question". Is this passage saying the terms are synonymous. Yes, but you need to think about what verb to use in the tag.

If there is an auxiliary, a modal verb or the verb to be in the main clause, we use that in the question tag. You’re in a desert in the middle of Australia, aren’t you. If there is another main verb, we use do in the correct form (as we would with questions and negatives). Tag questions in English What are tag questions, and when are they used.

Definition and function Tag questions - also referred to as question tags - are very common, particularly in spoken English. They are short interrogative tags that can be added to the end of a declarative statement.

Forum. Penfriends. Test. Online English Lessons. Newsletter. Ask Teacher. Search. QUESTION TAGS. The question tag in English is a phrase added to the main part of the sentence, inviting the listener to confirm or give an opinion about the comment.

It is composed of two parts: the auxiliary verb, determined by the principal verb, in negative form (or affirmative if the principal verb is. Tags - English Grammar Today - a reference to written and spoken English grammar and usage - Cambridge Dictionary.

Tag Questions in British and American English Article (PDF Available) in Journal of English Linguistics 34(4) December with 4, Reads How we measure 'reads'.

question tag pronunciation. How to say question tag. Listen to the audio pronunciation in English. Learn more. Interactive Free English Level Test.

50 multiple choice questions to find your result and level. Links to other level tests. The tag question is a common-core English construction, but it has some specifically British forms and uses (Algeo a). Anomalous forms. Constant polarity. Affirmative polarity. Constant affirmative polarity, although not the norm, is nevertheless quite normal, in the sense of being acceptable and not infrequent.

Constant affirmative. Question tags: Grammar test 1. Read the explanation to learn more. Grammar explanation. We can add question tags like isn't it?, can you.

or didn't they. to a statement to make it into a question. Question tags are more common in speaking than writing. We often use question tags when we expect the listener to agree with our statement.

Think about the on tags are the short questions that we put on the end of sentences – particularly in spoken English. There are lots of different question tags but the rules are.

If the tag is a real question it has a rising intonation. For example: The chairman's coming atisn't he. If the tag is not a real question it has a flat or falling intonation.

For example: It's a nice day today, isn't it. It is possible for a positive statement to be followed by a positive tag for even more effect (sarcasm, anger. That is the time to use a tag question in English. A tag question is a short question added to a statement.

The tag includes a pronoun and its matching form of the verb be, or auxiliary : VOA Learning English. Tag questions are commonly used by native English speakers. This article looks at how tag questions are formed and some subtle differences in meaning. Therefore, the tag question in the section title is a valid tag question.

A tag question starts out as a statement and then becomes a question at the end. There are different reasons for using tag questions, but usually it's because you have an idea of what the answer might be.

Examples: You want to learn English, don't you. Question tag definition: In grammar, a question tag is a very short clause at the end of a statement which changes | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples. Question tags in English. Explanations and examples along with tests and exercises online to practise English questions.

A tag question is a question added to a declarative sentence, usually at the end, to engage the listener, verify that something has been understood, or confirm that an action has known as a question : Richard Nordquist.

Test yourself with our free English language quiz about 'Question Tags'. This is a free intermediate English grammar quiz and esl worksheet. No sign-up required. This study investigates the use of tag questions (TQs) in British English fiction dialogue by making comparisons to spoken conversation.

Data has been retrieved from two subcorpora of the British Author: Thomas Avery.Question tags are short questions at the end of statements.

They are mainly used in speech when we want to: confirm that something is true or not, or ; to encourage a reply from the person we are speaking to.; Question tags are formed with the auxiliary or modal verb. Learn British English idioms, phrases, expressions, and vocabulary, and improve your British English pronunciation and English accent with an .