Tag Questions

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A report on Tag Questions.

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  • A grammatical structure in which a statement is turned into a question by adding an interrogative fragment called a “TAG”It is a short question connected to a statement.
  • For example, in the sentence "You're John, aren't you?", the statement "You're John" is turned into a question by the tag "aren't you".
  • We use tag questions at the end of statements to ask for confirmation. They mean something like: "Am I right?" or "Do you agree?"
  • Here, it’s like you’re asking confirmation that it is going to rain. Like asking for another’s opinion.
  • When a sentence is written, a comma separates the main clause from the tag. If a tag question is sentence medial, commas set off the tag, and the terminal punctuation is still a question mark.
  • Although they have the grammatical form of a question, they may differ from questions in that they do not expect an answer. In other cases, when they do expect a response, they may differ from straightforward questions in that they cue the listener as to what response is desired.
  • When there is no auxiliary verb or be verb in the main clause, then a do verb must be introduced as an operator to carry the tense.
  • It generally contrasts in polarity with the statement; that is, when the statement is affirmative, the tag is negative and vice versa.
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