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Question :- What is Question Tag ?

Answer :- The Question Tag is short form of Question used at the end of statement to seek approval of the listener.

Example :- 

Question -:—–:-To enquire ( पूछताछ के लिए )
Is is raining outside ?क्या बाहर बारिश हो रही है ? 
Question Tag  -:—–:- to seek approval ( सहमति के लिए  )

It raining outside, isn’t  it?

  Statement               OT

बाहर बारिश हो रही, है ना ?


Rule 1 :- If the Statement is positive , then Question Tag will be ‘Negative and vice-versa’

You are a wise man, aren’t You?

       statement(+ve ) ,        OT(-ve )

You are not a wise man, are You?

       statement(-ve )  ,       OT(+ve )

Rule 2 :- The OT always begins with ‘helping verb according to the tense of the statement’.

Helping Verbing:- Do/Does/Did/Is/Am/Are/Has/Have/Had/Will/Would/Shall/Should/Can/Could/May/Might/Must/Ought/Need/Dare

He wakes up early, doesn,t he?

She shouldn’t be traveling  now, should he?

Bablu can drive at night, can‘t he?    

The meeting could be cancelled, couldn’t it?

Rule 3 :- We don’t use not in the Question tag.  ‘n’t is the short form of the not so we can use use only ‘n’t .

He want to market, did he not?  ❌

He want to market, didn’t he?  ✅

is not =  isn’thave not = haven’tcould not = couldn’t
are not = aren’thad not = hadn’tmay not = mayn’t
were not = weren’twill not = won’tmight not = mightn’t
does not = doesn’twould not = wouldn’tought not = oughtn’t
do not = don’tshall not = shan’tneed not = needn’t
did not = didn’tshould not = shouldn’tdare not = daren’t
has not = hasn’tcan not = can’t 

Rule 4 :- The Question tag always ends in the subject pronoun according to ‘the subject of the statement’.

Rahul is singing, isn’t he?

Ritu is singing, isn’t she?

Rahul and Ritu are singing, aren’t They?

Rule 5 :- If the statement begins with one, here, there , the Question will also ends in ‘one, here, there’.

One should do one’s duty, shouldn’t one?

Here is your coffee, isn’t here?

There are many problems in life , aren’t there?

Rule 6 :- If the statement begins with someone/somebody/anyone/anybody/no one/nobody/everyone/everybody/ the Question tag ends in the pronoun ‘they’.

Someone has stolen my sandwich, haven’t they?

Everybody is busy in the world, aren’t they?

No one has known the truth yet, have they?

Anybody can get cheated, can’t they ?

Rule 7 :- If the statement begins with I am , the Question tag ends in ‘aren’t I’ and if the statement begins with I am not the Question tag ends in ‘am I’.

I am an honest thief, aren’t I?

I am not the saddest person, am I?

Rule 8 :- If the statement begins with Let us , the Question tag ends in ‘Shall we’.

Let us watch a movie today, shall we?

Let’s play chess now, shall we?

Let’s not pull each other’s leg, shall we?

Rule 9 :- If the statement is an imperative sentence, the Question tag will be ‘ will you/won’t you/can’t you/would you’.

Shut the door, will you?/won’t you?

shut your month, can’t you?

Have some more coffee, would you?

Lift this weight, can you?

Rule 10 :- If the statement ha ‘no/none/no one/nothing/neither/never/seldom/hardly/scarcely/barely/rarely/few/little, the Question tag will be ‘positive’.

Few politicians are honest, are they?

Nothing has gone wrong, has it?

She rarely watches TV, does she?

Neither of them is helpful, are they?

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