You already know what tag questions are, don’t you? Tag questions are short questions added at the end of statements.
Try these three worksheets about tag questions. The exercises will require you to recall tag question rules, complete the tag question, and respond to tag questions.
What’s a Tag Question?
A tag question is a brief question that comes after a declarative sentence to ask for confirmation. These tag questions often mean, “Am I right?” or “Do you agree with me?”
A tag question always has any of the following constructions:
- Positive statement + comma + negative tag question
- Negative statement + comma + positive tag question
- The grass is green, isn’t it?
- The sky isn’t gray, is it?
Notice how the tag questions always repeat the auxiliary verb and the pronoun that replaces the subject. Below are more examples.
- We have finished, haven’t we?
- The sun is up, isn’t it?
- I am happy, am I not?
- My parents will come, won’t they?
- My sister should not cry, should she?
Some sentences do not have linking or auxiliary verbs. So, we use do as the verb for tag questions. For example:
- You like coffee, don’t you?
- We finished our homework, didn’t we?
To answer a tag question, say yes or no, then reverse the tag question. For example:
- You like mathematics, don’t you?
Yes, I do.
Practice Tag Questions
This guide and activities about question tags should get you up to speed. Keep practicing turning statements into questions and level up your writing.