CBSE Class 8 English Grammar Question Tags

Question Tags

A special type of question is the tag that English speakers put at the end of many statements. The question tags are underlined in the following sentences:

• It's a lovely day today, isn't it?

• You live in Frankfurt, don't you?

• Miho can't speak German, can she?

• You haven't seen Mita, have you?

Tags Usage: A question tag is a question added at the end of a sentence. Speakers use question tags chiefly to make sure their information is correct or to seek argument. They consist of a statement and a tag. A negative tag is used with an affirmative statement whereas a positive tag is used with a negative statement.Tags are very common in spoken English, and have many functions. One of the common functions is to start a conversation or help keep it going.

The basic rules about tag questions are:

1. If the statement is negative, the tag must be positive. If the statement is positive the tag must be negative.

- You won't tell him my secret, will you?

- He doesn't speak German, does he?

- You're coming to my party, aren't you?

- She's really good at chess, isn't she?

2. The tense of the tag is determined by the tense of the auxiliary/modal verb of the statement that precedes it. If the statement does not use an auxiliary/modal (i.e. it is in the present or past simple tense), then the auxiliary ‘do’ must be used.

- She comes from Korea, doesn't she?

- You like heavy metal music, don't you?

3. If the statement has a modal, it is repeated in the tag.

Kara can go herself, can’t she?

You should get up early, shouldn't you?

EXERCISE-1

Fill in the blanks with appropriate question tags.

1. Monika is an Indian, ______ ?

2. Let’s go for a walk, ______ ?

3. My brother didn’t call, ______ ?                                                                            

4. Sonia and Anya  watched the  movie, ______ ?                                                    

5. You won't forget me, ______ ?

6. We have met after a long time, ______ ?

7. Priya loves chocolates, ______ ?

8. Snow falls in winter, ______ ?

9. Let’s practise for the match, ________?

10. The bus has broken down again, ______ ?

11. I didn’t leave my car keys on your table , ______ ?

12. You  aren’t feeling well, ______ ?

13. The house was haunted, ______ ?

14. You will come to Jane’s farewell party, ______ ?

15. Farhan hasn't completed his project, ______ ?

16. The five men eyed suspiciously, ______________?

17. It’s the only thing that can save the city, ____________?

18. Cricket has taught me to tackle problems as they come, ___________?

19. You must all be very proud, ____________?

20. Sounds incredible, _____________? 

EXERCISE-2

Fill in the blanks with appropriate question tags.

  1. Mohit is in your class, ______ ?
  2. You shouldn’t tell lies, ______ ?
  3. Let’s order pizza,________?
  4. We can’t go home early, ______ ?
  5. I'm not late for the meeting, ______ ?
  6. Tomorrow is a holiday, ______ ?
  7. Mr. Peter goes trekking every year, ______ ?
  8. The authorities will see to the problem, ______ ?
  9. Your uncle doesn't like loud music, ______ ?
  10. The news vendor hasn't come yet, ______ ?
  11. Let’s call the doctor,________?
  12. Varun hasn’t reached home,_____________?
  13. It’s very hot today,_____________?
  14. Gia is your sister,____________?
  15. Let’s go for a swim,_______________?
  16. There’s no sense in wasting one’s money, __________?

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